Lady Bug Time Again

Tue Oct 30, 2007 11:30 am

Here in some areas of the rural Midwest we get attacked by swarms of lady bugs usually on the first warm sunny day after the first frost or freeze.
Lady bugs everywhere, in the barn-millions of em, in the garage-thousands of em and in the house dozens of em.

Apparently they have few to none natural predators. The birds won't eat em!
So i had enough of em and started to spray a few years ago! I sprayed points of entry in the barn and yesterday had to sweep hundreds of orange carcasses out.
My apologies to any ladybug lovers out there!
-Ken

Tue Oct 30, 2007 11:58 am

Ken,

Those are Asian Ladybugs. They are an invasive exotic, so spray away. :D

http://www.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/ef416.asp

Tue Oct 30, 2007 12:10 pm

We got 'em here :!:

Tue Oct 30, 2007 1:41 pm

Don McCombs wrote:Ken,

Those are Asian Ladybugs. They are an invasive exotic, so spray away. :D

http://www.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/ef416.asp


Don,

You would make a great Extension Agent!

Bill

Re: Lady Bug Time Again

Tue Oct 30, 2007 7:48 pm

moparado wrote:Apparently they have few to none natural predators. The birds won't eat em!
-Ken
I can understand why, they taste terrible. :oops: One crawled into my water jug a couple years ago wen I forgot to close the top.

Tue Oct 30, 2007 8:14 pm

I've not tasted one, but they sure do stink when you squish one. Yuck!! :x

Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:02 am

I'm with John on this one. Last fall I was eating a bowl of corn flakes before bedtime as I often do and one flew into my bowl. Well after about two bites into it I spit the whole mouthful back into the bowl. They are very bitter.
Currently they are everywhere at home inside and out...
Brian

Wed Oct 31, 2007 9:16 am

Smell bad when you sweep them up in a vacum cleaner also.Don't have any at my house,but where I used to hunt down in southern Ohio they were real bad.Good luck to you all, I don't miss then "ladybugs"!!!!Kevin

Wed Oct 31, 2007 11:50 am

KETCHAM wrote:Smell bad when you sweep them up in a vacum cleaner also.
It is fun to watch them swirling in circles inside one of the bagless vacums though. :lol:

Wed Oct 31, 2007 12:23 pm

And they can't bite you when swirling inside the vac....and they Will bite :tears:

Thu Nov 01, 2007 6:25 am

Brought in by the USDA eh.

"Hi, I'm from the government, I'm here to help you."

Best,
Mike

Thu Nov 15, 2007 1:15 pm

I was siding my garage a few years ago and they were so bad I was using my bowhunting head net to keep them away. I would push the nail into the foam and go to swing the hammer, the bugs would land on the nail mid swing. I'll save the gorry details, but I had to wash the walls when I was done.

Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:47 pm

every year I can plan on cleaning out all the light covers in the house.they get loaded with them Iguessthey go forthe heat of the bulbs

Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:58 pm

There didn't seem to be as many here this year as in the past.

Thu Nov 15, 2007 6:23 pm

I have a cat that eats ANYTHING that crawls, walks, flies etc etc. I knew they tasted bad when he thumbed his nose at them. The real problem is they bite like crazy. Craig