Would anyone know how to get rid of ladybugs? At first I thought they were so pretty, but they have infested my walls and ceilings. I live in the country, but the windows were closed all winter.
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Oh, Gertrude, this is not a problem! This is a blessing. Living in the country you need Ladybugs to rid your outdoor plants of aphids. They "hole up" in the window sashes and such in winter, but will soon disappear and you will find nary a one, unless you find them hard at work around your outdoor plants.
Sandra - Upstate NY
Capture them and sell them to a nursery, or send them to friend's who garden (esp. in the southern part of the U.S.)! Ladybugs feast on many of the garden pests that devastate gardens. I can understand why you don't want them in your house however! Please don't kill them though as they are so beneficial to have around. I would love to have some.
Helpful Reader and Holly
Here's a great online resource with information about ladybugs.
OK. I know Ladybugs are beneficial. I know they eat aphids. I now they are a great alternative to pesticides in the garden. Blah blah blah....I HATE THEM!! For those of you who say they aren't a problem and they will just hide in the sashes till spring. Or those who say to just "seal" up your house so they don't get in. To those who think a "few" lady bugs can be tolerated...you have NO IDEA what some of us are going through. Maybe you have 20 or 30 cute little bugs walking around in your house....but when fall comes I have MILLIONS all over my house. They are so thick you can't even see through them on the windows and walls outside. Seal the house up?? Sure...but when you open the door to go out or come in from outside hundreds fly in as soon as the door opens. They are in my bed, in my food, in my shower and in the closets and drawers with my clothing. I have a garden and a small farm. I get my water from a well. I undersdtand about chemicals and pesticides in the ground water and around my animals and children...but I kill these PESTS every chance I get and by any means necessary. In the fall when they first gather I use a pump sprayer and a strong pesticide and spray several times a day the outside walls of our house. The bugs pile up in heaps at the base of the house...but new ones replace those and I spray em again. Once again....if you think they are "cute" and "lucky" and "nice to have around" then you don't have a clue as to what some of us are talking about.
Editor's Note: Here is a good article about them and controlling them: http://www.theb lady-beetles.htm
Thank you, people just have a tendency to laugh it off, say oh yeah I have them too. But when it comes down to it they have 5 or 6. They have no clue what I go through all winter. Like you said they invade every part of your life. And I have tried all kinds of suggestions to no avail.
We are in Western Kentucky and I don't think they're cute either. I've lost count the number of times I've been woken up in the middle of the night from them biting me. And those suckers HURT!!!! I kill every one of them that I see. We too live in the country on a small farm with a well, but we're at the point of breaking out the chemicals too!
Same problem. Freaks me out when they come augering down on the dinner table...especially when I have company. I have a Nutone central vac so when I sweep them up, they go into a sealed container in the garage. That container must have a million of them in there by now. Hope they are cannibalizing each other.
you are the 1st person in 10 yrs that explained the problem of asian beetles the way I would. I live in the country, in central Minnesota and in the fall, late September, I get millions of them too. Catch&Release--really!There isn't enough caulk in this State to adequately seal double hung windows, lap siding, roof vents, crawl space under the house and 2 doors leading to the outside. Question; were I able to do all this caulking, do I caulk myself in or caulk myself out. I have had a 'no nothing' exterminator out, I have burned out 2 vacs. while sucking them up and I have sprayed 6-8 different, recommended pesticides. It's been now recommended that I buy and try a $150 dyna trap(elect bug sapper).
DOES ANYONE REALLY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT WHEN IT COMES TO TREATING ASIAN BEETLES
First I just want to say my heart goes out to you..I am in the mist of this battle and after 36 hours I finally slept in my room bug free..I was exhausted .. I have Managed to get it to one room ..which I sealed off with tape ..it has the most hiding places.. so to begin I vacuumed every one I could see .. then I taped around every window ..every crack in every room around the light fixtures any place that had an opening of any degree ..and I thought yeah I've got them. .. but still they wood come from know where .. I left the lights on as that'swhere they segregate . I managed to tape a few on the way (at first I was horrified but after it didn't matter ) finally I read they don't like soap water so I made a big bucket of soapy water and I washed all 4 bedrooms and bathroom with this soapy water in the windows all the floors around the lamps and I put shaving cream under the baseboard heaters .. to be sure and the hallway all the toys in the bath tub and I cam back after an they were dying on the floor .. I washed all curtains any thing that was exposed got soapy water and the one room with books and misc I have sealed off I put soapy water outside that door to prevent any escapes and my 3 rooms and bathroom are all bug free .. I went and vacuumed the sealed off room but finally there was only 4 around the light .last night .. I will keep this room sealed off for at least another week ..today I am going outside and I will soap water all around the house as far as I can reach ..and I will soap water around the main door ..it's been a nightmare and I didn't stop ..I'm not sure how many I vacumened a few got taped in the line of battle but at least a few a hundred .. I am lucky as they only invaded the top floor of my house .. a few got to main floor but I soaped the top of stairs a complete square up the wall the ceiling so it connected .. I will tape the main floor cracks and windows for prevention ..today ..but so far the soap water was the ultimate weapon ..aside with the vacuum. Don't forget to plug the hose until you empty the vacuum. Into a garbage bag and tie it off ..there is no room for escapees .. wash every where you can with out damadgeing your home ..I have old wooden floors with cracks I couldn't tape that but so far not a trace the sooap water took care of my floors .. I also put towels at the doorway of the rooms that a bug free just to be sure ..any escaped invaders could enter ..I would suggest putting clothes in garbage bags of infested room s until you can launder them .. segregate your things to one room I emptied all drawers washed behind furniture .. anything that I couldn't move was washed and inspected before I declared it a non war zone ..washed around the door after closing it out a towel .. so now it's down to one room .. the vacuum is ready .. I will slowly take out my belongs peice by peice ..until I have completely emptied that room it will remain sealed off vacuumed daily and I will continue soap water on visible floor space and around the door until it's finally bug free ..the light will remain on as they will go there at night it's easier one spot to vacuum ..but at least I can relax and sleep well ..hopefully daily soap water outside the house will detour them to go else where .. but so far ..I have the upper hand ..on these invaders that have no other purpose then to invade and upset our lives ..and on top of it bite is in our own beds while we sleep .. good luck I hope this helps you ..it's working for me .. I wish you good nights sleep ..
You people don't understand they fly in your food while eating in your coffee pot and end up in your coffee. Needless to say the rest. I was sitting at the table eating dinner and one flew in my plate. Yummy! NOT. And like someone else said these are not lady bugs. They are Asian beettes and they are in my house by the thousands also. I guess I will just start trying stuff and let everyone know my progress. Best wishes to my self. I will start with the recipe given as
1/2 cup water
1 Tbs. vinegar
1 squirt dish soap
1 Tbs. sugar
Place in a milk jug near infestation.
I will give it a week and come back and post.
In reference to the ladybugs, we also have a ladybug problem,they are everywhere. So far we've found no real way to get rid of them. Although, I have found that if I leave the outer window cracked open, it seems to cut down on the amount that stay inside. Then I just vacuum up the rest.
If those bugs are more on the orange side than a true red, they may not be ladybugs at all. Asian beetles look like ladybugs but are orange and they are more likely to cause the infestation that she was speaking of. You definitely want to dispose of these bugs, they really are not beneficial like ladybugs are and they can stain whatever they are sitting on (drapes, tablecloths, carpet). I have had some in my house and I try to keep them vacuumed up.
Mulberry candles burn them in every room of your home the ladybugs don't like them and they leave. Mulberry and I heard bayberry candles work too. but I know Mulberry does work. Home Interior candles are so far the best. the stronger the candle smells the faster it works Sarah Pa.
I don't consider them a blessing. There are thousands in my house and when the infestation is at its worst, 10s of thousands! They are like a plague. All I do is vacuum them up, at least 10 times a day. They get in our food, our bed, stain furniture, walls. Rarely has an introduced species ever been a benefit.
Use a shop vac when you vacuum them up, because they smell terrible if you use your household vacuum cleaner! And, while I am a gardener and appreciate beneficial insects, these little pests are not benefitting nature if they are in my house!
Today, I was sitting on the computer doing my homework and looked out the window to see about 30 ladybug beetles things on the window. So I scooped them into a water bottle and spray it with febreeze and nail polish remover and sometimes soda. Although it's not stopping the problem it slows it down. I'm going to try the mixture that 'Mary Ann' posted.
I have to get rid of them. My 11 month old put one in his mouth. Yuck, they have to go. Please help me do so.
I came home to my boyfriend preforming a holocaust on all my lady bugs and was so sad! I loved them! I personally have thousands of them and he was vacuuming them! Then I found out they were Asian beetles. Fudge that, I don't want Asian beetles in my house! Gonna try the candles first. Hopefully they'll go away!
Okay. I live in Wisconsin and I have some lady bugs in my house. I kill them, but for some reason I keep seeing more and more. Is there anyway that I can get them all out of my house? If so, just comment back. Thanks.
I saw two ladybugs three days ago, two days ago there were 15, today there were way too many.
I filled a juice bottle with 1/2 cup water, some sugar, a splash of vinegar, and a squirt of dish soap. Shake a bit. When they are on the ceiling, put the bottle opening over them and gently move it, so they fall in. If they're on a wall use a piece of paper to nudge them in. They instantly die. It's time consuming, but I dont have a vacuum.
Then I found their favorite places (a corner of the kitchen, a specific window, and where the wall hits the ceiling.) I sprayed it with lemon lysol. I heard somewhere that they hate lemon, but maybe other cleaners will work. They drop immediately, scoop them up and put them in the bottle, to kill them instantly.
I heard they like blacklights, so if more come out tomorrow I'm going to put the vinegar sugar solution in a clear container, and put it over the blacklight on the floor. Hopefully they will all fly to their death.
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I am looking for stories relating to severe infestations of any kind of animals, including ladybugs, cockroaches, rats, mice, spiders, toads, frogs, termites, wood worm, even bears! The series will look at the science of each type of infestation, as well as the stories of those who experienced them.
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