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and on the sunny side of houses near these trees. Boxelder bugs frequently invade your home through openings around windows and doors. This is when they become a real problem. Although they don’t bite, eat your food, or bother house plants, their presence in large numbers makes them a real nuisance. When crushed, they leave a red stain that is difficult to remove from fabrics. If you need to control boxelder bugs outside, you can spray them with either an insecticidal soap or a labeled contact insecticide. A permanent solution is to remove the boxelder tree that is attracting them to your home. Besides boxelder bugs, various species of squash and stink bugs try to get into the garage and house. Inside the house, suck them up with the vacuum cleaner instead of spraying them. As you prepare for the holidays, you might notice that some of your holly bushes and trees do not have berries. Hollies are dioecious plants, which means that each sex

outside critters try to come inside. Besides mice, we also have insect invaders like boxelder bugs. Boxelder bugs are black and red insects about 5/8 of an inch long. Each fall they congregate in large numbers on female boxelder trees

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November 2017 ttimes web magazine  
November 2017 ttimes web magazine  

Tidewater Times November 2017