That’s what Grenville and I were last week at The Frog & PenguINN.
Nope, we weren’t stumped by anything. BUT, we had an invasion of Boisea trivittatus.
Boxelder bugs – and these pests don’t live in boxes and are not old (as far as we know).
A boxelder bug is about 1/2 inch long as an adult, and quite colorful – black with three red lines on the thorax (the part just behind the head), a red line along each side, and a diagonal red line on each wing. Color notwithstanding, they were still unwelcome visitors at the F&P.
Boxelder bugs are nuisance pests that like to hang out in large groups while catching the sun’s rays. They do not bite humans and are basically harmless to property. But beware NOT to crush them indoors as they will stain walls, rugs, curtains and other surfaces. The GOOD NEWS is that their life span is short; they survive for a few days up to a week, do not cause significant damage to homes or plants and are not considered to be agricultural pests – good news for a mini-farm (like ours).
Last week, Grenville discovered a large group sunning outside the F&P B near the back patio, which gets LOTS of sun. If they had stayed outdoors, all would have been well, but some strayed indoors. As the weather cools, these bugs push into cracks and spaces and remain inactive inside the walls (or behind siding) while the weather is cool.
They can also be found around windows.
So, they had to go, but Who ya gonna call? – NOT Ghostbusters, but BUG-B-GONE.
We’ve used this local company for the past few years. It’s run by a very nice fellow who is meticulous and careful when spraying around our 1906 home
Now that nothing is bugging us (at least for today), we were wondering . . .
Anything bugging you?