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#1 of 11 Old 10-22-2007, 07:39 PM - Thread Starter
 
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So ladybugs are generally cute and happy..BUT

Not when they invade your house.

The front of my house looks black. All of the ceilings and walls are covered. they are becoming a real pain.

Any advice on what I can do to get rid of the ladybugs without a harmful pesticide?

Thanks!
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#2 of 11 Old 10-23-2007, 02:37 PM
 
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Well,not that I agree with killing lady bugs since they are so beneficial and this will be a short term problem...you could go to a nursery (call first to confirm) and get a box of praying mantises. (sp?)
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Smash Um... JK I have no idea!
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you could go to a nursery (call first to confirm) and get a box of praying mantises. (sp?)
HTH

Too funny that you mention preying mantises (i can't spell it either). We found a huge 6 inch pm in the house just s amonth ago. It completely freked me out since it was my first time seeing one.

I did a Google search and found out that the pm is the CT state insect. Who knew?

Wish the preying mantis would come baack and eat my ladybugs....
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Just wanted to bump this cuz i've also been invaded by these pesky things:Hope to get more advice cuz there is no where here to get pm
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No interesting updates here....

Lots of ladybugs seemed to move on, but there are still quite a few hanging around the house.

Basically, I have been vaccuming them up and then letting them go outside. I have been doing this every few days...the number hasn't changed much.
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What you have is probably the Asian lady beetles. That's what we have here in NE IA. Those and box elder bugs. Yuck. And now w/the farmers taking the last of the corn and beans out of the fields they are everywhere. No suggestion though on what to do about them. Sorry!

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Don't smush them...they stink!!

You need to vacuum them up. Your vacuum bag will start to stink though so maybe put some baking soda in it before you put it in and then go after them.
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Looking for more info myself. we get ladybugs every year in large quantities (though not what you've described) they hang out on the sunny side of the house by the windows/ceiling. First box elder sighting today - those will be all around soon!

What and why is this happening? We live on an old dairy farm in CT and this happens every year!
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I looked this up recently. They're just looking for a place to winter. Pesticides won't help much because they'll come back next year. Basically, vacuuming them up and releasing them somewhere is your best bet.

Also, they release some of their blood when startled and that's what stinks. It'll also color things yellow. So, smashing them won't really work nor will sweeping them unless you do it really gently.

If they're coming inside of your house, might want to find where and caulk it up. You might see some in the spring after they wake up.

The Asian Ladybeetles were released in the US by the USDA and oters because they are beneficial insects (they eat aphids!) , but they are competitive with the native species of ladybeetles. They've already driven some to the brink of extinction. Ladybeetle is the fancy entomologist name for a ladybug.

And finally, some perty ladybug pics. And the FAQ.

The way they got their name is sweet too. (Scroll.)
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I looked this up recently. They're just looking for a place to winter. Pesticides won't help much because they'll come back next year. Basically, vacuuming them up and releasing them somewhere is your best bet.

Thanks for confirmation that vacuuming the ladybugs is my best plan of action.

There is NO WAY that I was going to spray a pesticide in or near my house.


As for sealing the house. It is a screen problem. The windows, and the house, are only two years old. The screens that are actually part of the windows have a gap at the bottom. A design flaw I guess.




Wouldn't a little ladybug smily looks so cute here?
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