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Old 12-11-2017, 04:51 PM   #1
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Lady Bugs

We are seeing an invasion of lady bugs. Are there any remedies?
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Old 12-11-2017, 05:46 PM   #2
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We see them every year in late fall, some years are worse than others. They are looking for a place to winter over, and will get in through any small openings. We use a vacuum and wait for it to pass. Some people relocate their guests to a better home and release them in the spring.

There are traps available but I donít know if they work.
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Old 12-11-2017, 05:49 PM   #3
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Where are you ?

We stopped in Murfreesboro Arkansas a month ago. We stayed 3 days in an empty COE campground on a small lake, near the diamond mine.

At first it was amusing but even today, we are still vacuuming them from the walls and ceilings. We've captured thousands of them !!

We have vacuumed the outside compartments twice since arriving in FL. but they have hidden above the tanks and in the pass thru's.
Until this week, we have been sucking up well over 100 a day inside the MH. We got about 25 today, but its been cold here. They love the sun.

We us a corded dust buster that is always within reach.

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Old 12-11-2017, 06:03 PM   #4
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https://dengarden.com/gardening/Thou...dybug-Swarming
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Old 12-11-2017, 06:12 PM   #5
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They are actually Japanese Beetles, and you don't want to squish them. Very stinky.

Extreme outbreak in Arkansas about 6 weeks ago. Exterminators use a vacuum. Standard pest control poisons have no effect on them.
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Old 12-11-2017, 06:27 PM   #6
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Oh-no, I'm talking lady bugs. Just like the picture in the link from knightstorm.
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Old 12-12-2017, 07:20 AM   #7
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We got infested a year or so in NE Louisiana. A year later we was still finding them.
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I better get a cordless dust buster and holster for spring time.
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Here in the land of 10,000 taxes we have farmers that purchase them and release them to eat aphids in their crops. Then in the Fall they migrate to our houses. Hate it! We use a dust buster to capture them. This year has been one of the best for a while. Not too many.
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Here in the land of 10,000 taxes we have farmers that purchase them and release them to eat aphids in their crops. Then in the Fall they migrate to our houses. Hate it! We use a dust buster to capture them. This year has been one of the best for a while. Not too many.
This is what we do. They brought the asian beetles here for aphids on the bean crops they come in in the fall and are a pest but they also bite almost as soon as they land on you and when you kill them they smell bad.
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They look exactly like lady bugs but they are actually Japanese Beetles. This time of year they are really bad.
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Those little beggars were really bad in Iowa this past fall. I ended up transporting a few to the Okeechobee, FL area where the dogs and I are currently parked. Just found one by the kitchen sink, it's now taking swimming lessons in the RV parks sewer system.
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Those are NOT japanese beetles. They are Asian Ladybugs. Here in NC they were released to control the Woody Adelgids (Asian Aphids) that are destroying the Hemlocks in the mountains. Supposedly they were irradiated to make them sterile. Apparently the bugs enjoyed the radiation and bred like crazy.

Kind of like we brought in Kudzu to control erosion in the 30's. Well thought out.

FWIW - this is a Japanese beetle:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_beetle
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