• Sincerely, Jenni

    Those darn things freak me the heck out. They just randomly appear out of nowhere in the weirdest places. I had one crawling on my desk at work the other day, and I hard to try real hard to keep from shrieking “Get it out! Get it out! Get it out!” Ack.

  • http://www.absentmindedhousewife.com/ The Absent Minded Housewife

    The bug on the right is a girl. I can’t tell on the bug on the left cuz it looks squished. The horns on the butt on the bug on the left (the wheels on the bus go round and round) are it’s ovipositors.

    I wrote about a dead turtle today. It’s all good.

  • Rachel Sea

    They make little screen bug houses that kids can put bugs (and leaves and water and dirt) in to be able to watch them. If you get her one of those the bugs will probably live longer, and you won’t need to keep them in your house.

  • Courtney

    As a kid, I remember slurping up boxelder bugs with a dustbuster at a friend’s house.

  • Kate

    Oh the things we do for our children! I once saw a black widow spider IN MY HOUSE and saved it in a jar because I knew my insect-loving daughter would want to see it when she came back from her dad’s. You and I both deserve gold stars. Or Purple Hearts.

    PS. I really love Marlo’s lyspth.

  • Cristy

    One of those mother fuckers flew into my cleavage while I was riding my bike in Provo Canyon a hundred years or so ago. Boxelder bugs? We are not friends!

  • Cristy

    Hahaha, AMH, I feel like my day is complete now that I know the sex of the bug! ;)

  • LesinDenver

    Then there’s my 3-year-old who sees a box elder bug (which we call “stink bugs” in our house – no idea really why) and says, “Stomp it, mama!” Which I do without hesitation. :) We also spent a good hour on Saturday spraying the ones that had congregated on our south-facing wall – well, I sprayed them (with a solution of laundry detergent and water) and then he smashed any that were still moving with his baseball bat. Fun times in the Wild West!

  • Jessica

    They actually are a part of the cockroach family. They CAN damage your home — it takes a lot of them, and takes them a long time, but ti is possible. I had a massive infestation for three years in a row before I finally had to invest in box elder tree removal + monthly sprays from Orkin. they are nearly impossible to kill. I hate them. I had nightmares about them. I would look out my window at the tree and see red pulsating patches of red, taking over the tree trunks. Shudder. So revolting.

  • http://oddlovescompany.com/blog/ Katybeth

    Oh I love a good bug funeral–take lots of pictures! Perhaps your mother can make it up to you by coming to the funeral and singing….just a thought.

  • Christina

    I do enjoy that these Utah bugs have the Mormony “elder” in their name.

  • SW Resident

    Maybe some water dribbled on the table under the cup next time?

  • http://www.facebook.com/strawberrygoldie Heather Wolf Turner

    I read this post with an extremely heightened sense of anxiety.

    I grew up in southern Louisiana.

    The roaches are of preposterous proportion. And they smell fear. Do not scoff or question this theory. I live to tell you, THEY DO.

    I bravely soldiered on through this post, feeling certain that a photo of the dreaded cockroach would appear.

    It did not. And for this, I heartily thank you.

    As for the sidebar ads for Orkin with the skittering beasts, or the ad that happily demands you to CLICK THE ROACH FOR A PRIZE…may they all burn in a fiery death from the heat of a thousand suns.

  • Julie S

    All boxelder bugs at our house are named “Climbey” in honor of the first one my (now) seven-year-old son played with until it died of exhaustion. We get multitudes of them in the house each fall and it’s really hard to tell them apart, you know?

  • KCMomma

    I’m in Missouri and I’ve still got boxelder bugs in my house from this summer. How the hell do they stay alive?

  • http://www.edenriley.com/ edenland

    All I’m saying is, Australian bugs are ten times that size. I kill them mercilessly.

  • lornadoone1972

    Actually I live in Florida, on the gulf coast, where it is humid as hell and we get these ALL over our yard and house twice a year – start of teeny and get pretty big and get up our walls and in our house. So they are not just dry air bugs – they like any air!