Emerald Valley Almanac

Stop bugging me!

This time of year it is common for swarms of various insects to attach themselves to your house – south facing walls in particular. They are attracted to the warmth, and looking for somewhere to over-winter. 

Most commonly seen are ladybugs, box elder bugs and marmorated stink bugs. The latter are of the most concern as they can wreak havoc with vegetable gardens and fruit trees.

Getting rid of the swarms takes a bit of patience, as they are likely to return again and again. Some people spray them off with the hose, but . . .