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Ladybugs

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by drewmo, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. drewmo

    drewmo Feeling the Heat

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    It appears my house has become a favored wintering spot for the neighborhood ladybugs. I've found several random clumps of ladybugs throughout the house. Anyone else have a similar issue? Do they do any harm?

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  2. RSNovi

    RSNovi Feeling the Heat

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    Probably Asian Beatles which look like lady bugs. We have them bad at times.
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  3. heat seeker

    heat seeker Minister of Fire

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    Same here. We just vacuum them up.
  4. Hogwildz

    Hogwildz Minister of Fire

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    I get them each year around this time. One year was really bad. Last few not so bad.
    Best thing to do is find the small crevices they are getting in at.
    I collect them in a small plastic container with a lid, then take them out and release.
    I got bite by one a couple weeks ago while it landed on me outside. Now I have a container with some in, and didn't feel like letting them go.
    Be careful vacuuming, as they put off a scent when they feel attacked which brings even more, so change the bag quickly.
  5. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Haven't seen them. I guess I know now where the cat's bad breath came from.
  6. fbelec

    fbelec Minister of Fire

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    never knew that they bite
  7. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    I think that RSNovi is correct- the invasive Asian ones invade your home and bite, not the native ones.
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  8. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    My house used to get covered in the Fall. (asians)
    I guess they like white ( or light colors).
    Last two yearsI guess they haven't had huge populations so haven't seen too many.
  9. fbelec

    fbelec Minister of Fire

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    how does one know the difference between asian and domestic
  10. pyroholic

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    Afaik, the Asian is orange, the natives are red.
  11. woodgeek

    woodgeek Minister of Fire

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    had 'em bad in the old house. airsealing your house helps. with these and the stinkbugs (when those get to you)
  12. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Remember they do not like lemon scent. You can make some with lemon scented dish soap and water. Spray where they are landing on the outside of the house. You can also wait until just before dark and using a shop vac, suck them up as they will be near the house and barely under the dirt.

    Another thing is Terro ant dust. This stuff works really nice. You can put it out and it will last through many rains. It will keep out ants and those asian bugs too.

    Yes, the do bite and they will stink if you molest them.
  13. jeromehdmc

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    I'd bite and stink too.

    We usually get invaded this time of year but so far none have showed up. I think that's going to change though, I saw they are beginning to harvest beans just down the road. That seems to rile them up and they start looking for new homes.
    We have a vacuum that's only purpose is to trap the ornery buggers. I used to try and fight them but I gave that up...just too many of em. Now I'll just get the ones that make it inside.
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  14. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    domestics are supposedly highly unlikely to be in your house

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