Posted by Jennifer on 12:19:25 6/17/2009 from 188.8.131.52:
Hello. And thank you for all of your useful information!
We laid wood chips under our play area in our yard last summer. Around May we started to see box elders crawling around on the chips. There are now so many that if you stand back and look at the area, it looks like the ground is moving. Our family is not squeemish about such things, but this is gross. There are just too many for us to enjoy our play area now :(
I read on another site information that did make me panic and think we had to buy all kinds of chemical treatments and quick. Sounds like they're trying to sell me something, so maybe you can clarify for me?
I read that the bugs will grow in number every year until you do something about them. True???
Am seeing on your site that soapy water may be our answer. If it doesn't seem to do the trick, got any suggestions for what the next step would be?
Please keep in mind that this is where our children play. They are ages 1, 2 and 3 (yes, you read that right) - so 2 of them still like to put the wood chips in thier mouths.
Finally, is there a time of year that we can expect to start seeing less of them?
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