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Why are my cherries wormy?

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These pests, also known as firebugs, cause little damage.  They breed and feed on female boxelder trees and other related species of trees.  Eliminating these trees is the only positive control, but since boxelder bugs can travel a mile or more from hatching site, this method is not practical. 
Recommendation:  Check and repair seals around windows and doors to keep boxelder bugs out of your home.  Spray infested trees or surfaces where the insects congregate with an approved insecticide while bugs are small (nymph stage).

Posted on 13 Jun 2006

Karl Hauptfleisch
Salt Lake Master Gardener

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