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Craig writes,
07/04/2011:

I have a condo in Florida that had a swarm of love bugs, is there anything I can spray or do to stop it?

It is a vacation condo, so I am not there year round. I came back recently and there where about 1000 of these dead love bugs on the floor in one room. Is there a spray or poison I can put out to prevent this from happening again?

Answer:

This is the first time we have heard of a love bug population invading a home and it makes us wonder if perhaps you have misidentified the type of insect you have found in your condo. Boxelder bugs are often confused with love bugs as they are both black with red markings but Boxelder bugs are known to invade homes during the fall months as they look for a warm place to spend their winter. After the cold season is over, Boxelder bugs will try to emerge from their hidden harborage to continue their life cycle but they often wind up in your living space instead of outdoors. We recommend that you google "Boxelder bug picture" and see if this insect is in fact the invader you have found in your home. If they are indeed Boxelder bugs you can use the Overwintering Kit that we offer on our website to help stop this pest from moving indoors this fall. It is important to spray the  Demon WP that comes in the kit around the exterior of your home once a month August-November to stop this type of pest from moving indoors. The kit also comes with Eco PCO D-X which you can put in cracks and crevices around the exterior and interior of your home as a long term insecticide (will last for about 4 months).

If you find that what you have in your condo is actually love bugs, this would lead us to believe that you likely have a moisture problem in your siding or in your home which has perhaps confused the lovebugs into thinking that your home is a suitable environment to deposit their eggs, in which case you would need to hire a professional to find the source of the moisture problem.

Answer last updated on: 07/04/2011

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