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KellyJR
May 1, 2020 11:44 AM CST
The area in my yard where I'm slowly planting more perennials each spring, is full of what I think are called red shouldered bugs. I mean there's hundreds upon hundreds of them. Will they hurt my plants and/or is there any way to get rid of them? Makes it hard to kneel & work on plants in this bed when they're crawling all over me!! I've included a video I took - hope it sends ok.






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There's no other bug that I notice around in such mass but these
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BigBill
May 1, 2020 12:24 PM CST
Without a picture it is hard to say but with that many, it could be ants 🐜.
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Leftwood
May 1, 2020 7:11 PM CST
They look like early instars of boxelder bugs.
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Yardenman
May 1, 2020 11:13 PM CST
There is a similar-looking bug that mates on golden rain trees almost exclusively. I have those. Do you?
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Minneapolis, MN, USA zone 4
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Leftwood
May 2, 2020 8:10 AM CST
Interesting. What is the name of those bugs?
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