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Ladybugs swarmed today
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Dave M    Posted 10-10-2001 at 16:13:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had many thousand ladybugs on my cream-colored house and barn today. Last year they got into my basement and it took a while to remove them after I closed off their hole. Anybody know more, like why they are swarming? How to get rid of them? I don't want to use serious poisons near the house right now as I am housebreaking a puppy.

RayP(MI)    Posted 10-10-2001 at 20:17:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Pesky little critters aren't they? Been a huge bunch of 'em in the fall around here for the last several years. They like to accumulate on warm south walls. How so many get into the house is beyond me. I often resort to opening the window a crack at the top, in the morning, and often by evening, most have managed to find their way out. No chemicals, no mess!

Alvin-Va    Posted 10-10-2001 at 18:35:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dave,I think these are an Asian variety and not a true helpful lady bug.Look at one real close, the color is different.It's about time for them to start coming in around here.They stink to high heck.
The best way I've found to get rid of them in the house is simply to vacuum them up.If you spray them(bad),you still have to clean them up anyway.
Certain amount of satisfaction watching the pesky critters disapear up the tube.

Dave M    Posted 10-10-2001 at 20:56:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the responses. Let me clarify. They like the wall facing the sun the best, but are on all sides of my buildings. They do stink when you crush them. Some of the ones that got under my shirt did bite me. I need to make a lot of trips outside with the puppy, but every time I open the door between 20 and 100 of the bugs come in the house, many on my clothes, skin, and in my hair. I do vacuum the ones inside. Yes, I do want to kill them or drive them away from the outside of my house, without using anything toxic to a small puppy.

Les...fortunate    Posted 10-10-2001 at 18:11:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yeh I got 'em too but not in the numbers you're talkin. They been doin this for 4 or 5 years or so. Kind of a nuisance but don't bother nothin that I can see. Happens every year around this time. Some says they bite. Never had that experience yet. Say they stink when ya crush 'em but I never noticed that neither.

Franz    Posted 10-10-2001 at 17:16:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just stay calm, and they'll all leave by themselves. You definitely don't want to kill them, they eat the eggs of other bugs, and don't do any damage.
Rich yuppie "horticulturalists" buy em for their greenhouses, by the pound.

Alvin NE WI    Posted 10-13-2001 at 10:54:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't think they really leave. They just crawl into any kind of hiding place they can get into or behind for the winter. Just move any sheet or boards that lean or lay together with something else when the cold is here and there they are, 1000's of then hiding dormant or maybe if you are lucky---dead..

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