boxelder bugs infesting my room
Results 1 to 12 of 12
  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Age
    30
    Posts
    1
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Rep Power
    0

    Unhappy boxelder bugs infesting my room

    two nights ago I had a nightmare where bugs were crawling all over me. I woke up and realized that I wasn't dreaming. Since then I've slowly been noticing more and more boxelder bugs appearing in my room. I've had horrifying experiences with these bugs at our last house, just writing about it brings back repressed memories. I don't want to relive any of those experiences.

    I only see them in my room (of course), which is in the basement. There is a window in my room, and we also have an extreme problem with water leakage in my room- which might have something to do with the bugs.

    I'm looking for something, anything to kill/repel these bugs away from my bedroom. Even something as weak as an essential oil. I'm also willing to try chemicals as long as they don't give me tumors or seizures or anything.

    Any feedback would be appreciated!

  2. #2
    Registered User Nadders11's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Calgary, Alberta
    Age
    37
    Posts
    694
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Rep Power
    12

  3. #3
    Registered User savvy_sniper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Houston Texas
    Age
    65
    Posts
    2,402
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Rep Power
    25

  4. Remove Advertisements
    FrugalVillage.com
    Advertisements
     

  5. #4
    Registered User leighcat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    675
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Rep Power
    14

    Default

    I have these darned things all over my yard. They aren't biters, but drive me crazy. They are all over the outside walls of the house when it gets hot out. I had to pull up bushes in my back yard that they were living all over. I had literally millions of them, the sound of them all crawling together was loud! I had them crawling up my pants leg. Yuck! I hope you find a way to get rid of them!

  6. #5
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    1
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Rep Power
    0

    Default

    We have had this problem too. We moved into a house that had been abandoned for a couple of years. There were box elder bugs EVERYWHERE! It was really bad. They were in every room, in every window, on ceilings, cupboards, yuck...it basically gave me nightmares imagining them crawling on us in our sleep-getting in our mouths, up our noses...you get the picture, lol. I vacuumed ALL the time, tried sprays of all kinds but nothing helped. My neighbor told me that her mom used a mixture of Tide detergent and water in a sprayer. Said it would kill them but all I got out of it was smeared windows and wet bugs. I didn't really give it much of a chance though. I didn't like the mess I had created so I never tried again. My husband ended up caulking every single window, crack, and crevice he could find and believe me there were a ton in this old farm house. Now I only see 1-2 a month. I know that doesn't help you any, but the only thing that helped here was caulking.

  7. #6
    Registered User hmcart's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Tennessee
    Age
    40
    Posts
    460
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Rep Power
    14

    Default

    okay I didnt know what they were. I have ladybugs at my house. I think I wont complain about my ladybugs anymore. Those look creepier!

  8. #7
    Registered User leighcat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    675
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Rep Power
    14

    Default

    Ladybugs are so cute and eat aphids. But I wouldn't want them all over either lol.

  9. #8
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Midwest
    Posts
    530
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Rep Power
    17

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by hmcart View Post
    okay I didnt know what they were. I have ladybugs at my house. I think I wont complain about my ladybugs anymore. Those look creepier!
    There is a species of ladybug that is a huge pain in our area. They swarm all over the outside of the house every autumn and come inside. This year we didn't have many of them, but a ton of boxelder bugs instead.

    Asian Lady Beetle Infestation Of Structures | University of Kentucky Entomology

  10. #9
    Registered User Frugal Nurse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Boston area
    Age
    55
    Posts
    3,024
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Blog Entries
    16
    Rep Power
    27

    Default

    Wow. sorry that's happening...

    I think you need to seal up all the cracks. and a basement is full of cracks.

    Huggs to you. (followed by bug spray )

  11. #10
    Registered User krbshappy71's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    DE
    Posts
    2,372
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Rep Power
    26

    Default

    We have these in abundance as we have the tree they like right next to our house. I don't mind them as they don't bite, eat my stuff, make noise, or smell. I just leave them be but they drive my husband crazy. He had them at his previous place, as well, and they would get on him at night. Caulking up entry areas and killing them seems to be the only way to curb them unless you want to pay to treat outdoor areas. Our budget's too tight for that right now and I really would rather treat the yard for fleas than those box elder's.

  12. #11
    Registered User GrantsMom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    MA
    Posts
    22
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Rep Power
    0

    Default

    I have an infestation last winter in my upstairs bathroom. HORRIBLE!!! I was killing 10-15 of them a day.

    Thank goodness they seem to be gone this winter.

    They were all over the side of my house all summer long. I thought for sure this winter was going to be awful.

    I have goosebumps just thinking about those gross buggers!

  13. #12
    Registered User leighcat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    675
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Rep Power
    14

    Default

    It is so ironic that I started seeing them come back today from wherever they hide when it gets cold. UGH! I was stepping on them all over my driveway today.

Similar Threads

  1. Sewing room/craft room challenge!!!
    By mommy4ever in forum Leisure challenges
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 07-22-2009, 03:42 PM
  2. Bugs, Bugs, I hate bugs!!!
    By momof2joys in forum Pests
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 07-18-2009, 10:40 PM
  3. Replies: 46
    Last Post: 10-20-2008, 04:45 PM
  4. Using Routines or Road Maps to the day room by room
    By canadian gardener in forum Home Environment
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 06-15-2004, 12:05 PM
  5. Do your colors blend together from room to room or
    By homesteadmamma in forum Home Decorating
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 01-27-2003, 06:22 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •