The basement is getting waterproofed so when I need to make a phone call I have to go outside. I was wondering around the yard talking on the phone when I noticed this tree limb. I bent over to pick it up and to throw it into the ravine. OMG. It was covered in small red bugs. Then I noticed that my flip flop shod feet were covered also. These guys move fast.
They were everywhere! I rushed inside for a Google search. I know the area has been used by deer. We’ve found cobs of corn and the grass was all smooshed down. Could they be ticks? I bravely got a sheet of white paper and took a quick photo. Only when I saw six legs instead of eight did my heart stop racing.
I saw a box elder bug at our home on Main Street for the first time this spring. I only saw a few and was horrified by reports on the internet about huge swarms of them. Luckily they do no damage, unless you consider the effect on my nerves. These are box elder babies. They were everywhere in the corner of the lawn.