How long does it take dish soap to kill Chinese Raintree bugs?

peabody1March 19, 2013

How long does it take dish soap to kill Chinese Raintree bugs? I sprayed them and they appeared to be dead. But as the day progressed the sun dried them off and they all took off. And it has been about a month and we still have a ton of these bugs. Does dish soap really work on these bugs or do people just think it does because they appear to be dead when you first squirt them?

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esh_ga

The best idea is to identify the bug by scientific name and then look up how to deal with them. There might be a better method if you know just what they are.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2013 at 8:01AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Dish soap and insecticidal soap are not interchangeable, although some dish soap may kill some insects without harming some plants. Did your sprayed bugs take off, or fall off?

    Bookmark   March 21, 2013 at 12:03PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Rain tree Bug IS the universally recognized common name for this particular insect....much like the Boxelder Bug to whom they are closely related.

Peabody, these insects aren't usually "controlled " on the trees because they don't feed on anything but the ripened seeds. (Also like the boxelder bugs.) They do tend to congregate on the outside of our homes, however....and try to get inside.

Where are these critters hanging out?

P.S. purple is right on target about dish soap versus real insecticidal soap.

This post was edited by rhizo_1 on Thu, Mar 21, 13 at 12:08

    Bookmark   March 21, 2013 at 12:04PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

I wish "my" oak tree would get an acorn-eating bug. Thanks, Rhizo!!

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 4:46PM
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eahamel(9a)

Good wish there, Purple! There are a lot of golden rain trees around me, I'm always pulling up seedlings, but nothing seems to bother them. Could you send me some bugs, Peabody?

    Bookmark   March 29, 2013 at 5:23PM
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