Saturday, August 13, 2005
Box Elder Bug
Harmless, but gifted in the reproduction department. We first discovered them at a friend's house in Delafield about 10 years ago; they've moved east, and now inhabit western Brookfield.
Mrs. Dad29 absolutely HATES them--what to do?
Last year, I scouted around for solutions. Both the 'net and the bug-ologist on WISN radio stated that the bug has no natural predators and there is no insecticide which kills 'em.
My son-in-law trooped out to Home Despot and picked up a gallon of Home Defense spray. (They have them in Madistan, too.) Works like a charm, after about a 10-15 second delay.
JewishWorldReview also suggests Formula 409 (you read that right.) It's not really a bug-killer, but it works in an emergency--and since it's also a cleaner, you can wipe the window (or whatever) clean after using it.
The Blogosphere, once again, provides the REAL data...