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Alagirl
Nov. 16, 2009, 11:55 AM
or

can I break this jerk's legs?

Sigh, we had the old fashioned sliding door replaces with a lovely french door. obviously the jerk who put it in messed it up, like any other thing he did in our house.

NOW, with winter rapidly approaching, Ladybugs are swarming into and through the cracks...

Am I in any danger id I happen to cook a few into my dinner?

Can I just shove them into a pot filled with leftover Easter grass and put it outside to let them fend for themselves...or shall I bag some and send them via mailorder around the country? (I know, bad timing...)

Brookes
Nov. 16, 2009, 01:16 PM
Alagirl, please send my 14 dozen ladybugs, females only please. I have aphids on my roses and the ladybugs will be welcome.

Now just flip them over and check the color of their underpants. Pink is the girls. Please choose those only as I understand they are much better eaters than the boys.

Make sure to punch holes (small holes) in the box so they don't get car sick on their trip to my house.

As for cooking ladybugs into your meals. I understand that they are not considered approved vegan fare. However if you are a carnivore a couple of loose ladybugs in the stew won't hurt anyone. They add color, just tell folks they are large red pepper flakes.

Or better yet get the numbnuts who screwed up your doors to come back out and fix them.

FatDinah
Nov. 16, 2009, 01:19 PM
They are not our native ladybugs, they are Asian lady beetles.

Check out this link

http://www.pestworld.org/press-releases/ladybugs-swarm-homes-in-midwest-and-northeast-as-cool-weather-arrives

Foxtrot's
Nov. 16, 2009, 01:31 PM
Hmmm: what is the difference, (like pink underpants?) and do they still do a good job of eating aphids? Is there a downside to the non-native species, like killing off the native bugs? We have had the occasional swarm but they never bothered me since they didn't get into my sandwiches.

Alagirl
Nov. 16, 2009, 03:24 PM
you guys officially made my day! :lol::lol::lol:

Foxtrot's
Nov. 16, 2009, 03:28 PM
I asked a serious question to improve my 'around the farm' knowledge and you make a joke out of it? :)

chism
Nov. 16, 2009, 03:34 PM
Yeah...I think I've got about 14 dozen in my house too. Trouble is...i think the jerk responsible was my husband. ;) We have a window in our 2 story open foyer that's about 16 feet off the ground. I think it got opened when hubby painted the foyer and he forgot to lock it, so it's not completely shut. The little buggers are way up there in large clusters in the corners. The only way I can see to get them out is to vacuum them up from a tall ladder (did I mention I don't DO heights?). My husband and kids are horrified at the suggestion....our usual policy is to escort uninvited pests out of the house without harming them. I'm trying to figure out a way to convince hubby that the mayhem is necessary.

Alagirl
Nov. 16, 2009, 03:45 PM
I asked a serious question to improve my 'around the farm' knowledge and you make a joke out of it? :)


I have yet to turn them over to determin gender, so in no way do I dismiss your question. I am also not sure how can make sure if these guys are native or foreign, hey sure seemed to come from near by....

RiverBendPol
Nov. 16, 2009, 03:47 PM
Don't shoot the door building man yet. This is Lady Bug season. There are milllllllllions of them swarming around, especially bc the weather is so pleasant. (read:Global warming)
The bugs won't hurt you if you get some in your dinner. They add a nice crunch and some good color to a salad. Have no fear, they'll die off before too long. Or at least go to sleep till Spring when we'll have the whole swarm thing all over again.

Alagirl
Nov. 16, 2009, 03:50 PM
Don't shoot the door building man yet. This is Lady Bug season. There are milllllllllions of them swarming around, especially bc the weather is so pleasant. (read:Global warming)
The bugs won't hurt you if you get some in your dinner. They add a nice crunch and some good color to a salad. Have no fear, they'll die off before too long. Or at least go to sleep till Spring when we'll have the whole swarm thing all over again.

naw, he's got a bull's eye on his behind for many reasons, the Ladybugs are just one of the reasons that remind me That I need to do so. (SIL's husband...so maybe for Xmas **evil grin**)

cloudyandcallie
Nov. 16, 2009, 03:54 PM
They are not our native ladybugs, they are Asian lady beetles.

Check out this link

http://www.pestworld.org/press-releases/ladybugs-swarm-homes-in-midwest-and-northeast-as-cool-weather-arrives

Illegal immigrants?:eek: Holy cow, save that for off-topic day! All lady bugs eat aphids. We love to see them on the camellias. They want to come inside in cold weather to wait for spring.

bird4416
Nov. 16, 2009, 06:33 PM
The little bastards will leave a nasty stain if you squish them and they can also bite if you handle them.

kookicat
Nov. 16, 2009, 07:04 PM
Ladybirds BITE?! :eek:

Who knew?

birdsong
Nov. 16, 2009, 07:08 PM
Oh you must be in for lots of LUCK!! If a Lady bug lands on you its considered lucky....:yes:
They are great to have and are natures' little natural pesticide.

harveyhorses
Nov. 16, 2009, 08:13 PM
Ladybirds BITE?! :eek:

Who knew?

ME!! They would swarm the side of our house and turn it into something from a Sci-Fi movie...
The people who bought the place tried to get me to pay for having them 'exterminated' from the house. found a company that would do it too. Uh no, welcome to Va.
Apparently they taste too bad for birds to eat.

Creaghgal
Nov. 16, 2009, 08:47 PM
Let them in!! They have worked 24/7 in your garden for the whole entire summer! They deserve to retire (IN PEACE) where ever they please.


Ladybirds BITE

Poppycock!!

Chall
Nov. 16, 2009, 09:13 PM
I've had a cricket in the basement near the heater. I let it stay and I think it eventually starved to death. I felt so sorry for it dying underground with no sun and no food and no nature. It would have been kinder to squish it. :(

minnie
Nov. 16, 2009, 09:29 PM
they make a nice moving collage decorating my ceiling. Occasionally they get into the jacuzzi with me.

mswillie
Nov. 16, 2009, 09:48 PM
ME!! They would swarm the side of our house and turn it into something from a Sci-Fi movie...
The people who bought the place tried to get me to pay for having them 'exterminated' from the house. found a company that would do it too. Uh no, welcome to Va.
Apparently they taste too bad for birds to eat.

I hate these imports. They've displaced the native lady bug and these suckers bite! They swarm into my house by the hundreds.

The only thing good I can say about them is at least they're smaller than the imported stink bugs that also invaded my house this fall. We literally killed thousands of them (shop vac) on the outside of the house. :eek::eek: The ones that got in met the "jug O' death" (a gallon jug with about an inch of soap and water with a dash of Absorbine fly spray thrown in for good measure.

bird4416
Nov. 17, 2009, 08:16 AM
Let them in!! They have worked 24/7 in your garden for the whole entire summer! They deserve to retire (IN PEACE) where ever they please.



Poppycock!!


We aren't talking about the native nice ladybug species. The invaders are Asian and yes they will bite. I have experienced this personally.
http://www.asianladybugs.com/ see following excerpt:



Though Asian ladybugs don't sting, we have had many reports from people who experience Asian ladybugs bites. This seems to happen in most cases because they are handling them. However, large populations which are allowed to accumulate in the home will lead to more and more contact with the people who live there. Ultimately this contact will lead to bites as the Asian ladybugs are doing what they naturally do; forage for food.

harveyhorses
Nov. 17, 2009, 09:11 AM
I wish I could find a nice resident lady bug. One that actually works for a living. The swarms we had would not go anywhere near an aphid as far as I could tell.

Threebars
Nov. 17, 2009, 09:30 AM
I have yet to turn them over to determin gender, so in no way do I dismiss your question. I am also not sure how can make sure if these guys are native or foreign, hey sure seemed to come from near by....

Eavesdrop on their conversation - if you hear a non local accent, you'll know... ;)

Alagirl
Nov. 17, 2009, 11:15 AM
I wish I could find a nice resident lady bug. One that actually works for a living. The swarms we had would not go anywhere near an aphid as far as I could tell.


They believe in child labor. They make their hideous looking young do the deed.

Tap2Tango
Nov. 17, 2009, 04:26 PM
The little bastards will leave a nasty stain if you squish them and they can also bite if you handle them.

OMG I knew it!!! They have been all over the barn the past 2 weeks. I have always loved ladybugs. I have tons of ladybug stuff through my house. However, the other day I was tacking up and they kept flying into me. All of a sudden I felt a little pinch on my neck. I swatted it away and didn't think much of it. Well later on I realized I had little red bites all over my neck that itched like crazy!!!!

Nomoreusernames
Nov. 17, 2009, 04:40 PM
Oh, they're NASTY ! They bite, and if you squish them they stain and stink. Not cute little critters at all.

Tasker
Nov. 17, 2009, 04:45 PM
I was running late getting to the barn for morning chores yesterday(see it's HR) and just tossed the water and ground coffee into the coffee maker, guzzled a cup and headed out. When I came back in at 5:20 to throw dinner in the oven, I grabbed the filter cup and discovered 6 blackened/steamed ladybugs. The little buggers had crawled into the coffee maker through the overflow drainage hole.

Blech.

jen-s
Nov. 18, 2009, 10:19 PM
In a lesson a few weeks ago, my gelding started swishing his tail furiously. When I looked back, all I saw was a single ladybug just at the top of his tail. I commented that he was such a doofus when all of a sudden we launched into the air for a couple of nasty, twisty bucks. My trainer then informed me that some ladybugs bite and she'd just been bitten the day before. Needless to say, that "harmless" ladybug almost turned me into a lawndart. :(

Alagirl
Nov. 19, 2009, 12:38 AM
he just didn't want that girly think on his tail! ;)

WaningMoon
Nov. 19, 2009, 06:33 AM
The little bastards will leave a nasty stain if you squish them and they can also bite if you handle them.

Not that Im happy you got bit, Im not, but I am so glad to finally come across someone besides myself who HAS been bitten. I don't know about your experience but son of a gun do those little bastards bite. It's like they have a pac man mouth or something, it really hurt. Such a sharp bite, jeez. We have so many here each yr I called and asked the ext service guys about them a bit a few yrs back. They said yes, in deed, these are not hte normal 5 spot, 11 spot ladybug, but an invasive asian lady beetle. They are horrid things here. If you smush them the smell and stain is not pleasant. We have thousands here, falling off the ceiling and all. Thankfully being so cold here we are almost done with them for the year. They fly around and get caught in my hair and I can't say how much I hate that.

strawberry roan
Nov. 19, 2009, 06:42 AM
I think we used the same builder....grrr....sometimes all I seem to do is get out the vacuum and clean the little buggers up only to find more the next day. And I hate dragging that darn vacuum out. :)

judybigredpony
Nov. 19, 2009, 08:35 AM
Oh you must be in for lots of LUCK!! If a Lady bug lands on you its considered lucky....:yes:
They are great to have and are natures' little natural pesticide.


Yup swarm in bedroom...sold 2 horses that day to a customer who came for only one:)