Q.What Are These Beetles?
I think they are Milkweed beetles, but I’m not sure. I have Milkweed for the butterflies. These bugs are mostly in the soil under a bird feeder. They climb up on other plants when I water. There numbers are many. Is there a natural spray that I can use to control them? I don’t want to harm the birds.
Milkweed bugs do little damage to milkweeds so control is generally not required. Removing leaf litter and old stalks in the fall can help to gradually eliminate overwintering sites and shrink the population. If populations are very high, the bugs can be treated with insecticidal soap.