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Old 09-29-2012, 09:25 PM
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Boxelder bugs

I was under the impression that boxelder bugs would not disturb my orchids; I even read up on them online. We had the outside of the house sprayed, but some are still getting in and, while they are annoying, shouldn't have been a problem. WRONG! They're eating my Phals. I have about 15 spots on one plant! I had sprayed them with Physan 20 yesterday morning after that terrible discovery, but they're still munching away on them! I've been vacuuming and vacuuming and dumping into plastic bags that I tie to ensure that there is no way of escaping back into my orchids aka "boxelder bug heaven."

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Old 09-29-2012, 09:29 PM
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Thanks for the heads up as we are being over run by boxelders at the moment. I will keep a better eye on them.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:11 PM
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Roses are prone to everything and I have found rose systemic to work very well for ending the bug 'all-you-can-eat buffet'. Good luck!
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Boxelder bugs can be a big problem if you have a female (seed-bearing) boxelder tree near where you have your plants outdoors. Same goes for maple trees that drop a lot of seeds.

Any chance your outdoor plants can move away from your boxelder?

Often, removal of the female boxelder trees is suggested as the best option for control.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:09 AM
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We have a few maple trees outside, but all of my plants are indoors on my balcony. We had the D-Bug lady come out and spray a couple of weeks ago but they're still coming in the house. Worst part is that she retired after her last rounds otherwise I'd ask her to come back!

What threw me over the edge last night was when I went to flick a bug off of one of my Phals and I missed and flicked a chunk out of a petal on one of the blooms. It was the top bloom, which is good because you can't see the part that's now missing, but I was so mad at myself and I felt sorry for the plant... I went on a rampage, vacuuming every single bug in the house.
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We have box elders something terrible. I live in an old house and some of our trees are almost 100 yrs old..there are 5 China Berry trees and the nursery people told me to cut them all down to get rid of those horrible bugs.
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We have box elders something terrible. I live in an old house and some of our trees are almost 100 yrs old..there are 5 China Berry trees and the nursery people told me to cut them all down to get rid of those horrible bugs.
Isn't there any other way to deal with the problem than cut down the trees?
I'd be doing some research if I were you!
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Last year we had a lot of rain and the box elders seem to thrive on dry and hot. We put a ring of seven dust around the trees and that seems to help
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If you get the Sevin meant for fruit trees and spray infected trees/plants with it, it pretty much wipes out everything. We use it for Japanese beetles on the fruit trees, grapes and roses...once every three years as we don't see many the years after the spraying. I don't like using Sevin but I must admit that it does the job. Always use face mask, goggles, gloves and shower and change after spraying and avoid the area for a time. There are studies that show memory loss, cancer, etc, with pesticide use. We have no choice due to the fruit trees but we take as many precautions as possible.
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Soap and water solution is an effective way to kill boxelder bugs make sure that this is very soapy you can also spray it with a boric acid to boxelder bugs. Adult Boxelder bugs are not easily killed so repeated application maybe needed.
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