What are these bugs? Eating up the garden! #757550 - Ask Extension

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What are these bugs? Eating up the garden! #757550

Asked June 21, 2021, 4:59 PM EDT

Please if these bugs and a remedy both organic and chemical thanks

Oakland County Michigan

Expert Response

These are the immature life stage (nymphs) of boxelder bugs. These insects sometimes cause moderate damage when they aggregate and feed. The problem should go away within 1-2 weeks, and they are unlikely to completely strip leaves of foliage. Any chemicals that control boxelders would be broad spectrum insecticides with an active ingredient of bifenthrin, cyfluthrin, or lambda cyhalothrin. I would not recommend spraying this insect outdoors, as the insecticide would also affect any other insects (including beneficials) in the applied area.

David Lowenstein Replied June 21, 2021, 5:54 PM EDT

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