The INVASION of the LADY BUGS
I’ve always been enamored of these sweet bugs. They look, to me, like little old ladies dressed in their Sunday best. They are fun to watch as they scurry along on our vegetable and flower stems outside. They are a great boon to gardeners too as they help rid them of aphids and spider mites.
This year, however, I have a problem ! I been inundated with Lady Bugs INDOORS. Why have they suddenly appeared? Where did they come from and do they present any health problems for me?
Having none of the answers to these questions I turned to the Internet and here’s what I found. Evidently the Lady Bug that we are familiar with is not the beetle that invades our homes. These are an imported species and are the multicolored Asian lady beetle.
These beetles congregate in large numbers during the late fall and cluster on the sides of homes or other buildings. They do not spend their winters under bark or leaf litter like the regular Lady Bugs do.
The Asian lady bugs, once inside the house, hibernate until the warmth lures them out and they begin crawling about. They don’t seem to feed on anything, nor do they damage anything in the home. They also are not carriers of diseases, nor do they sting.
So I guess I have nothing to worry about, and, after all, they will only become pests if I allow them to “bug” me (pardon the pun).