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Old 05-07-2010, 08:29 PM
 
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Default Tons of small very red bugs living under mulch..?

Hi there...I moved a shrub and there was literally hundreds of small but not too small very red bugs with black legs ALL over the mulch....they seem to live under the mulch....they arne't fire ants...they almost look like long lady bugs and aren't big enough to be beetles...anyone>
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Old 05-07-2010, 10:15 PM
 
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Hi there...I moved a shrub and there was literally hundreds of small but not too small very red bugs with black legs ALL over the mulch....they seem to live under the mulch....they arne't fire ants...they almost look like long lady bugs and aren't big enough to be beetles...anyone>
chiggers?
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Old 05-07-2010, 10:17 PM
 
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chiggers?
Yea, those things can destroy you. I got them one time running through tall grass.
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Old 05-08-2010, 03:20 AM
 
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Is it fresh mulch? Where did you get it?
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Old 05-08-2010, 06:08 AM
 
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They may be Pill bugs. Can you post a pic
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Old 05-09-2010, 08:25 AM
 
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Moderator cut: tos violation . They are absolutely NOT chiggers (duh), they are not pill bugs (anybody ever see a red pillbug with black legs???) and they are not ants.

What they are is Box Elder Bug nymphs.

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Old 05-18-2010, 12:42 PM
 
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Hmmmm...they don't look like Box Elders...they are a little more round and a lot more red....
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Old 05-18-2010, 08:40 PM
 
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A picture could be worth a thousand words. Until you post one, all you'll get is guesses!! (Box Elder Bug nymphs are solid red with black legs.)

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Hmmmm...they don't look like Box Elders...they are a little more round and a lot more red....
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Old 05-19-2010, 01:23 AM
 
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Im afraid to tell you but most likely boxelders. they hatch out by the thousands when you get (and you have) AN INFESTATION. Bad news is they are almost inposible to get rid of but the good news is they do very little damage to plants and dont stay around long except they do stink if stepped on....Most likey you brought them in with some pine needles or contaminated mulch ..
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Old 05-19-2010, 05:05 AM
 
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