Get Rid of Boxelder Bugs - How to kill elder bugs without using dangerous chemicals.

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Get Rid of Boxelder Bugs - How to kill elder bugs without using dangerous chemicals.

If you are a Washington resident, then you have certainly seen the Western Boxelder Bug. In the fall, it is a very common sight to see them warming themselves on the sunny side of the homes in most neighborhoods. Boxelder bugs spend the winter in protected places, including homes. On warm days,  they'll come out and rest in the sun, and you'll see them on the south and west sides of homes.

They are not dangerous. They don't sting or bite. They don't cause much damage to plants, trees or fruits. They don't cause any structural damage to your home. What they are is ugly and annoying!

How do you get rid of them?

The answer is amazingly simple. You will need a squirt bottle, liquid dishwashing soap, tap water, and a kid who likes to play with squirt guns. Mix the water and soap in the squirt bottle to make a 10% soap solution. Screw the squirt top on, set it on the stream setting for distance, give it to your small marksman friend and send him out the door for target practice! It is really that simple.

One shot and the elder bug will fall off the side of the house and die. If you have squirrels in the neighborhood, they will come and eat the dead bugs. Oddly enough, they will eat the bodies but leave the wings behind for you to sweep up.

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Jane Peters
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I think that squirty thing will work for almost any bug won't it.  Actually it is one elegant looking bug.

Oct 25, 2009 01:50 PM #1
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Mark, we have a lot of them in Illinois and as you said they can be found warming themselves in the sunshine.  Hundreds and hundreds of them.  I really do appreciate this do you have a good tip for Lady Bugs?

Oct 25, 2009 02:54 PM #2
Mark Hall
Elite Realty NW - Keller Williams, Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
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Jane - They are elegant looking until there are thousands of them crawling all over your house!

Oct 25, 2009 05:20 PM #3
The Friendly Home Team
Realty Pro Oregon, LLC - Beaverton, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

That is simple and inexpensive and that I think is even better news than the fact that it is good for the environment. So how does it kill them?

 Todd Clark -

Oct 25, 2009 07:42 PM #4
Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California
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"...a kid who likes to play with squirt guns."

Mark, I can just imagine the 40-year old kids having a blast! :)


Oct 27, 2009 02:14 AM #5
Mark Hall
Elite Realty NW - Keller Williams, Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
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Leilani - Yes, It has been loads of fun!

Oct 27, 2009 06:54 AM #6
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