This past weekend I finally wanted to do something to get rid of all of those boxelder bugs that have invaded our backyard. I’m sure our yard is no different than many other yards around the city.
Hundreds, if not thousands, of these things congregate on our big tree in the backyard and slowly make their way, following the sun, to our fence, where they spend the afternoon. We do get a lot on the deck, but nowhere near the numbers that bask in the sunshine in the yard. I don’t like killing anything, but enough is enough.
My wife has been telling me all summer that water and dish soap will kill them off. I didn’t sound very scientific to me, so I kind of blew off that homemade bug killer. Yesterday I thought I’d give it a shot.
I had a hose attachment with a plastic container downstairs that hooks up to a garden hose that allows you to add whatever ingredient you want to mix with water. I’ve never had any need to use it and it had been sitting there for a long time.I grabbed that and then grabbed the dish soap from under the sink and got to work.
Within minutes I was at the back fence spraying these darn bugs with water and Sunlight dish soap. I couldn’t believe it. They were dropping off the fence and not going anywhere. This soap concoction was actually working. After I was finished, I went into the house for about half an hour before heading back out to the yard to see if these things were still on the ground. They were! They weren’t going anywhere!
I’m sure I didn’t get all of them and there will be a new horde following the morning sun again today, but I’ll be ready for them. I figure a day or two more with my new dish soap bug killer will finally eradicate these harmless, but pesky little creatures! If you have these in your yard, trust me, dish soap and water works wonders.
Thanks honey! I wish I would have listened to you right from the start!