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duane hennon
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http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05522.html/

up in the corner of the property I came across a gaggle of these on a female boxelder tree.
the tree is a volunteer that sits on the property line and is closer to my two neighbors houses than mine.
being the good neighbor that I am I have decided to tell them about the bugs.
while nice people both are probably the type that would object to the bugs taking up residence in their homes.
I am going to give them information on dealing with the bugs and the option of cutting down the tree if they're concerned
I was planning on eventually removing the tree anyway since it is shading out one of my garden beds
this seems to me to be a reasonable permaculture good neighbor approach



 
Alder Burns
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Remember there is always the option to do nothing! The bugs may remain at low and innocuous numbers, the infestation may solve itself. Comparatively few insects deliberately infest indoor spaces....if your neighbors are not outdoorsy people they may not notice them at all. Why risk starting drama? Let them notice the bugs on their own time and then worry about it.....unless you want that tree down anyway! Or were you trying to angle toward getting them to do it? Being a wood-heater myself, that tree would have found another use in my system a while ago.....
 
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hi Allder,

normally I wouldn't have bothered to say anything, but last year we were infested with stickbugs
http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/brown-marmorated-stink-bug

by the thousands trying to get into houses to find someplace to spend the winter
they were into or behind or under everything, drapes, furniture, closets, books shelves, cloths , just about everywhere
I didn't want the neighbors to panic with another invasion
so far no complaints about the boxelder bugs
and the stinkbugs are here again but no where near as many
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