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Jadera - Red-shouldered bug

Can anyone give me any more information on these bugs - http://bugguide.net/node/view/3601
They are all over our apartment complex I just moved into in Fremont, CA.
They are gross, and my daughter (5) is petrified of them and won't go outside without screaming. Do they have a mating season - when do they go away. What gets rid of them - how do I keep them outside. They seem to be feeding off of the berries that drop to the ground but I see them also on buildings and am scared they might come inside enmasse.

Help!

They have no reason to come inside (except by accident)
since they will not find anything to eat in your building. Short of removing the tree that attracts them, there's probably not much else you can do, except educate yourself about them (our info page and the links from it, will give you a start) and learn to coexist peacefully. You might also ask whoever maintains the building to rake up the fallen seeds on which they are probably feeding, which will reduce their numbers. Some bugs do seek out sheltered indoor spots to overwinter - I don't think that's true of Jadera, but if so it would not occur at this time of year. They have no interest at all in bothering you - I know that's not much consolation. : )

BTW I'm sure you can find someone willing to spray them with toxic chemicals and kill many of them. Personally, I'd rather have the bugs around than the chemicals.

 
Yes,
We second Hannah's remarks. Co-existence is much better than chemical poisons - for all of us!