Getting Rid of Lady Bugs
You may recall you have helped our DO Line column previously. The weekly column is
interactive with readers with them providing the questions and we research, looking for experts who
A few months ago we had a question about Lady Bugs because a reader (and many others) were finding
tons of bugs in their house. Now, another reader is saying she is still finding them everywhere in
her house -- in closets, light fixtures, etc. She asks how she can get rid of them, short of
contacting a pest control expert.
Can you help us figure out how homeowners can eradicate these little bugs from their homes? We will
look forward to hearing from you as soon as convenient. Thanks in advance.
Martha Higbie, Columnist
Daily News DO Line
Greenville, MI 48838
This lady beetle is known as the Asian lady beetle, and is a mixed blessing. They are voracious eaters
of many insect larvae. Unfortunately, they have few natural enemies so that in some parts of the
country their population can get out of hand.
A search of the term: "Asian lady beetle" on
www.google.com or www.dogpile.com will provide you with detailed information on them.
for the USDA online story.
The short answer is yes they can be controlled but the proper treatment has to be applied at
the proper time of year. Once they are "in" a building or house, it is too late, and you will
just have to wait till next year.
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Update: June 2012