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

Posted by peabody1 (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 19, 13 at 11:11

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

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.


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

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?


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

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


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

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


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

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?


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