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Old 03-20-2010, 01:50 PM   #1
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Ladybugs ladybugs ladybugs

somewhere either in flordia or the north carolina mountians or somewhere in between we got infested with ladybugs. now i kill between 1 to 2 dozen bugs a day. it seems they come out when the motorhome heats up. i would thought by now i would have got rid of these little critters. has anyone esperience such an invasion and how do you get rid of them. i have a little puppy and have thought of setting off a bug bomb but because of her i haven't. i know i am not the only one so shoot me your suggestions. thanks much lostone65
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FWIW In PA, at least, they release what looks like a Ladybug but it is more orange than red. It is supposed to kill off some other thing that I can not remember the name of. I have never had as many as you did, maybe you were very close to where they were released, if they are the same thing.
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If it's the Asian lady beetle (more orange than red), see HERE.

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Harmonia axyridis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The US government intentionally introduced this pest into North America twice. They didn't survive the first time so they did it again. These beetles stink, smear poop on everything, bite, and kill our native lady beetles. The US government did this to help us.
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We use a small portable Dust-Devil and suck them up -- especially in the fall when the temps are going down, they start looking for a warm home for the winter. Then, as the temps start moderating in the spring the little devils show up again!
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We deal with swarms of them (Asian LB's) every fall as they look for a warm place to spend the winter. They are attracted to warmth & light colored surfaces. We had more of a problem with them when we had our white 5-r than with our current Bounder (medium grey). They really liked the side that faced the sun.

There's really not much you can do about them. We just put up with them. Definitely do not set off any chemical bomb as it's residue is harmful & can be fatal to your pet, especially such a young one. You can try to seal up all the cracks in your RV to keep them from entering, but that's likely not completely possible & once they're in, you want rid of them. Just keep vaccuming them up in a bag & disposing of them & eventually you'll get 'em all.

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I didn't have the problem this year, but two previous years were really bad. The O/P who mentioned vacuuming them up is right. It is the only defense I could find to handle them. If you shoo them outside in Florida they want right back in and will hang on your screen door. Another problem they can bite.
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Harmonia axyridis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The US government intentionally introduced this pest into North America twice. They didn't survive the first time so they did it again. These beetles stink, smear poop on everything, bite, and kill our native lady beetles. The US government did this to help us.
scary this idiots are going to be guiding your health care... as we say here in Canada... join the line... 7 months for cat scan..if your lucky....

OK on to Asian Lady Beetle... go to the hardware store and find any product with a high concentration of D limeonene or Orange Oil .. and spray into cracks where they love to hide and breed... kills them DOA...


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Folks, let's keep this to the OP topic of removing the Asian lady beetles. This is not a topic for political comment, especially because
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Was parked next to a motorhome a couple years ago that spent a lot of time vacuuming. Went to talk to them and found that they had camped near a farm and had the beetles an inch deep in their compartments and spent the night sucking them up. We packed up and moved.
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There are residual insecticides that will kill them. I spray exterior entry points about once a week when they begin to seek a place to hide. Here at the house I've had to sweep them off the porch by thousands in just one day, then smartened up and now use the leaf-blower. Once inside, a vacuum is the best way to remove them, but remember to seal the end of the hose when stored or they just crawl back out. We use a wand-type 'bug vac" in the RV, then dump them in a container of dish soap N water to kill them.
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Definitely do not set off any chemical bomb as it's residue is harmful & can be fatal to your pet, especially such a young one. Lori-
Respectfully Lori, that is not true. I have been using bug bombs for decades and have never had a negative impact on my animals or birds (who are far more sensitive which is why they used to use canaries in mines).

Follow the instructions, to the letter. Make sure you give plenty of time to air out the vehicle and wash down all hard surfaces, after, and wash linens.

The current bombs are far superior to the ones just a few years ago. They dissipate faster and leave little to no residue.

However, I recommend that you read the pro's and con's on the Internet and decide for yourself. I, however, still use them with no ill effect to my animals.

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