Ew Ew Ew Ewy Ladybugs

Everywhere I go: pull a shirt out of my closet- there's a ladybug on the collar; eating a bowl of ramen- there's a ladybug crawling by; this afternoon pulling out the sewing machine- there's a ladybug sitting near the needle! I'm serious, no one is safe from these little crawling fiends I once found cute. But when you wake up and one is fluttering just above your left eye... I've had enough! How do I get rid of all these ladybugs? Our house, being out in the woods and all, is already sprayed twice a year for ants but these silly red spotted things keep getting through! Ugh! Gross! Ew!

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9 replies since 13th February 2010 • Last reply 13th February 2010

I guess that could be annoying to have them flying around like flies, but I would also take it as a good luck. You know what they say about ladybugs and bringing good luck or something like that. \
But read this...
http://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/lady_bugs.htm
http://www.ladybuglady.com/infestation.htm
hope it helps.

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If disturbed or handled most ladybirds discharge drops of a bitter, pungent yellow or amber-coloured fluid from leg joints and other parts of the body that will stain the skin with a long-lasting smell. Yuk.

When its late afternoon, particulary following cooler weather they will swarm onto or into buildings warmed by the sun. You could try some way of keeping your house cooler. Try keeping sun facing windows & curtains closed. Or you could try to attract them somewhere else with something like foil strips which will warm with the sun. It would make a nice garden model too. Try not to have plants too close to windows and doors and use window nets like they have for camping. It may help to reduce the amount that get in.

Luckily swarms are cyclical so they will go away....eventually

good luck

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I lovey lady bugs, but a swarm would drive me nuts, do you have screens in your windows?

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I KNOW HOW U FEEL.
They drive me freakin insane! And they never die! This past fall (before it snowed here) i took 50 live ladybugs out of my bedroom window through the course of 1 day! It became ridiculous, so i counted. I gave up at 50. lol
They're infestive. And so annoying. And smell. I think my screen has a hole in it or something cuz i have no idea where theyre coming from.
I used to think they were good luck, but now i think theyre pests and i squish them. lol

The only good thing about winter here, is that FINALLY no more ladybugs. =D
I <3 snow now.

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we don;t get too many here

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I had this problem. There's a type called Harlequin Lady Beetles (which is the most awesome name ever) and around Halloween time they go and live on walls - one of which is the wall of my uni room. Every time I opened my window they'd swarm in, so I kept my window shut, but they still managed to get in. I didn't open my curtains at all so most of them just starved to death and died - although it took a while because they eat each other, so some of them lived a bit longer. And they BIT me. And I was allergic to the bites, not fun. I told the accomodation people but they just laughed at me cause it's ladybirds. I know they're not like wasps, but it's still an infestation, and they bite you. You pretty much have to treat the walls of the house to make them go away.

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Several years ago, in the summer, I noticed a lot of ladybugs in Tennessee, if that makes sense. Because in my hometown, there were a ton, and my then fiance and I went to his family reunion several towns away, and they were there, too. And yeah, they were the bitey kind. It didn't really HURT hurt, but it was like, really uncomfortable. Made me want to fling them away. My first thought for you was to plant lots of roses, to attract aphids for your buggies to eat. Then maybe they'd stick to the roses, and not so much the indoors. But, this being February....not really relevant. Good luck, though.

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usually when they is alot of lady bugs, it means that there isn;t enough predators that eat them. so they just keep growing

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I've also heard that Ladybugs are good luck so try and look at it like a good thing while you find a way to get rid of them, cause yeah, I bet it's frustrating having those things flying everywhere around you.
Once at the university a found a pack of ladybugs!! I swear there were like 30 ladybugs on one small leave outside the faculty, I had to take a picture and everything. It's was just amazing, I'd never seen so many together.

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