Box Elder Bug Invasion!
So the people who live behind us have this tree. I can only assume it's a box elder tree because of the SWARM of bugs crawling all over it. The tree has to be at least 50 years old and is absolutely huge. When we look into her yard, these bugs absolutely cover every inch of every single yard toy her kids have back there. It's absolutely disgusting, and what's worse, they have made their way into our yard as well. They are all over our fence and shed (they have started to make their way inside the shed as well). In the past few days, we started spotting them at the front of our house as well (quite a ways from neighbours yard). We have caught a few on the inside of the house, but I think they are just sneaking in when we open the door as opposed to them working their way in through unsealed areas. My kids don't even want to play outside anymore, it's like something out of a horror movie. In the yard we've started spraying them with a home-made mixture of insecticidal soap, but I feel like we are fighting a losing battle. The soap is working wonders, but the next day there are just as many to be sprayed. I know that the frost will get rid of them, but I really don't want to have to deal with this year after year. What should we do? The tree that is attracting them isn't ours, and we can't control what our neighbours do (or not do) in their yard. Has anyone had to deal with this situation before?