Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum: A Question About Bugs

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Name: Melissa Hopper
St. Helens, Or (Zone 8a)
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MelissaHopper
Mar 22, 2018 9:48 PM CST
We have been getting a LOT of this bug at my house. I mean thousands and thousands. They swarm on the sides of the buildings that get the direct sun. If it is cloudy and cold, they disappear.

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I have looked online and I think this is called a box elder bug, and they like to eat box elders.

I have seen them on my semps but so far don't see where they have done any damage. And they don't seem to bother anything else either.

Has anybody has any experience with these guys? I don't want to go on the war path with them if I don't have too. Live and let live I say. But not if you are gonna eat my plants.

Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Mar 22, 2018 9:52 PM CST
I think I have them too. I see them at the same time I see Stink Bugs (those boxy shaped bugs that smell when you squish them). I've never seen them eat anything and they don't particularly bother me except when I find them in the house and then I have to get rid of them.
Name: Connie
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pardalinum
Mar 22, 2018 10:03 PM CST
Oh, I've had lots of experience with them but not the experience you are looking for.

They would come into the lab where I worked and for some reason they preferred parking themselves in the perchloric acid hoods. Well, perchloric acid plus organic material = explosive mixture so I was continually picking them out (dead, they don't last long in hood).

I did this very carefully to prevent friction (bad!) and then washed them off well before disposing of them.

The good thing, I don't think they bother other plants. I occasionally get them around my house too.
Name: Tim Stoehr
Canby, Oregon (Zone 8b)
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tcstoehr
Mar 23, 2018 9:45 AM CST
I believe them to be harmless in the garden. Just an occasional nuisance around the house as they like to winter over in parts of the house structure.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Mar 23, 2018 7:15 PM CST

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They also like maple and ash trees. No harm to our much loved semps.
Name: Melissa Hopper
St. Helens, Or (Zone 8a)
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MelissaHopper
Mar 24, 2018 10:09 AM CST
As long as they do no harm, they can stay. But there sure are a lot of them.
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Mar 24, 2018 12:45 PM CST

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This is the time of year when they seem to be everywhere in large numbers. Soon they will all be gone from sight. Big Grin
Name: Tim Stoehr
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tcstoehr
Mar 24, 2018 5:50 PM CST
Oops.
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SunnyBunny
Apr 12, 2018 5:54 PM CST
I have a worm like thing coming out of a palm tree , just gifted to us ?
Our kitten ate one of the gross things .. is she going to be sick ? Who knows if she has ate more ?
This is just not what I needed , the palm tree was a funeral gift from sons funeral and the kitten was my sons , I now have ... please help if you can .. thank you .
I just had her at the vet , for puking and I bet it was these worm things ...
The plant in now in garage until I can get to it .
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Apr 12, 2018 6:08 PM CST

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Hi SunnBunny,

What did your vet say about the cats?
Can you take a photo of the plant and possibly the worm?

SunnyBunny
Apr 12, 2018 6:39 PM CST
My husband took the palm tree to trash . And worm things . Are gone also .. I hope .
There is a post on her w a pic of the worm thing in there palm tree .
I just could not find it again .
My vet had no idea what was wrong w the kitten ? ( as we just found the worm things 2 days ago ) He the Vet gave her a shot and meds for upset stomach. I worked ..
But my husband caught Bunny w one of the centipedes / worm things they say are common ??? In palm or rotten soul ??
Worried about kitten ty much
Deb
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Apr 12, 2018 8:05 PM CST

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Kitten will more than likely be fine. If it is a kitten, not a mature cat, they can go through eating things that do not agree with their tummy. Soon they learn what to eat and what not to eat.
I am so sorry about your son. Group hug
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Apr 13, 2018 11:20 PM CST
Hi Deb, sorry to hear about your son! I agree with Lynn that the kitten will probably be fine.
Good idea to remove the palm tree though, they can be a lot of work finding the right location for them to thrive, better to not have that worry at this time. Welcome! I tip my hat to you.

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