Bug problem - Knowledgebase Question

The Villages, Fl
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Question by lynettegaraw
July 14, 2009
I have some type of perennial that spreads everywhere & they are covered in red w/black bugs, which are eating leaves. Can you help?

Answer from NGA
July 14, 2009
They sound like box elder bugs. These guys are common and generally feed only on box elders, but I suppose that if they are desperate they will feed on your creeping perennial. Control sprays include amorphous silica gel (Drione, Tri-Die), diazinon and pyrethrins (Exciter, Microcare, Pyrenone, Synerol). Dusts labelled include amorphous silica gel (Drione, Tri-Die), boric acid (Perma-Dust) and diatomaceous earth (Answer, Organic Plus).

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