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Posted: 10/29/2006 9:56:28 AM EST
Never saw any like these, they look like a bright red lady bug and the black ones ones are kinda diamond shaped and flat. Several hundred on each side of the house. What are they and what can i do to get rid of them?
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 9:57:22 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 9:57:37 AM EST
I bet the are Chinch bugs.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 10:01:29 AM EST
Same thing happening here for the past couple years too. They're not traditional lady bugs, but I haven't founded the real name of them yet (or a way to prevent their appearance all over the house).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_bug
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 10:10:00 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/29/2006 10:16:10 AM EST by EladEflow]

These guys?

Boxelder bettles.

The first time I'd ever seen them was when I worked for the city. Hundreds of them around the base of a tree.


Boxelder bug page

Looks like the best method is spraying the tree where they live/breed.

Good luck.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 10:45:28 AM EST
We had a Boxelder tree on our farm in Iowa....had gagillions of the damn things...but they never did any harm so we just ignored them.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 11:06:47 AM EST
The biting ladybug beetles were an aisian beetle brought to this country to lower the population of afids on crops. They ate afids and multiplied like bunnies, a real pain.

The boxelder bugs are atracted to the warm sunny side of a building as it turns cooler.

Thier population is cyclic.
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