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If this is in the wrong place, I apologize!<br><br>
Hokay so.... we moved into our new house in Sept. We live across the street from the forest on the top of a mountain and we have a pool and a hottub. I also have a garden. Our pool is saltwater, if that matters.<br><br>
We have ladybugs!!! ALOT of them!!! In the house, around the house, but ESPECIALLY in the house! Its craziness! I've seen red ones, orange ones, almost greenish ones, brown ones... holy crep its like we're being invaded!!! Whats goin on?? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
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Well, I was just reading to DD yesterday (out of her new issue of Ladybug Magazine, no less) and learned that ladybugs look for warm spots to spend the winter like on the sunny side of your home. They creep in through any teeny tiny hole or crack and then come to winter with you. I'm not really sure how to eliminate them, but hopefully they'll go on their own when warmer weather hits.
 

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Whatever you do, don't kill them if you can avoid it. They're a beneficial insect. They eat aphids. Chances are once it warms up they'll migrate back outside. You can try capturing them and releasing them back outside, but not sure how effective that would be.
 

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Oh no, we don't kill anything! Even the nasty, fat and hairy spiders are moved outside.. as far away from the house as possible! By someone other than me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br>
I don't mind the ladybugs, even if we do break into song 8 times a day! But its just odd that we have SO many of them!<br>
Before this house, we lived on 6 acres, about 30 mins from town. Our house was right beside a ravine and there was a stream running through it. We didn't have gazillions of ladybugs then... I wonder whats different here?
 

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i was reading about this last year when we got over-run with them. apparently they leave a scent or something (can't recall) as a way to remember where to return when it gets cold. so probably your last house hadn't been 'marked' and this one has.<br><br>
i'll see if i can find the article...<br><br>
here's a good site: <a href="http://www.ladybuglady.com/infestation.htm" target="_blank">http://www.ladybuglady.com/infestation.htm</a><br><br>
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">'Tis the season! Ladybugs are looking for a place to hibernate.<br>
They are attracted to light colored homes, usually older homes and they are attracted to heat that the homes reflect. Once ladybugs have penetrated the home though, they are hard to get rid of.<br>
Ladybugs release pheromones. This helps ladybugs find each other and it lets future generations know of a good place to "camp out" for the winter. The pheromones don't go away easily. The chemical "scent" can remain year after year, and not only on the outside of a structure, but also within the walls, where ladybugs tend to hide before emerging into your home. So, scrubbing pheromones off a house is a BIG task, if not impossible.<br>
The yellow stuff you might see from time to time is their blood. Releasing some of its blood is one way the ladybug can protect itself. The blood smells bad and signals to a predator that this ladybug is not a good lunch choice.<br>
To prevent ladybugs from getting in, make sure all cracks around windows, doors, clap boards, pipes, etc. are sealed up. Some extermination companies offer this service, sometimes called inclusion.<br></td>
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