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  • Lady Bugs

    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...)
    Originally posted by BigMama1
    Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
    GNU Terry Prachett

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    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.
    Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!!

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    • #3
      They are not our native ladybugs, they are Asian lady beetles.

      Check out this link

      http://www.pestworld.org/press-relea...eather-arrives

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      • #4
        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.
        Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique

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          #5
          you guys officially made my day!
          Originally posted by BigMama1
          Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
          GNU Terry Prachett

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          • #6
            I asked a serious question to improve my 'around the farm' knowledge and you make a joke out of it?
            Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique

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            • #7
              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.
              "We're still right, they're still wrong" James Carville

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                Originally posted by Foxtrot's View Post
                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....
                Originally posted by BigMama1
                Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
                GNU Terry Prachett

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                • #9
                  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.
                  Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.

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                    Originally posted by RiverBendPol View Post
                    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**)
                    Originally posted by BigMama1
                    Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
                    GNU Terry Prachett

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by FatDinah View Post
                      They are not our native ladybugs, they are Asian lady beetles.

                      Check out this link

                      http://www.pestworld.org/press-relea...eather-arrives
                      Illegal immigrants? 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.

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                      • #12
                        The little bastards will leave a nasty stain if you squish them and they can also bite if you handle them.
                        Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

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                        • #13
                          Ladybirds BITE?!

                          Who knew?
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                          • #14
                            Oh you must be in for lots of LUCK!! If a Lady bug lands on you its considered lucky....
                            They are great to have and are natures' little natural pesticide.
                            "My treasures do not sparkle or glitter, they shine in the sunlight and nicker to me in the night"

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by kookicat View Post
                              Ladybirds BITE?!

                              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.

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                              • #16
                                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!!
                                "Dressage" is just a fancy word for flatwork

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                                • #17
                                  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.

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                                    they make a nice moving collage decorating my ceiling. Occasionally they get into the jacuzzi with me.
                                    In an age when scientists are creating artificial intelligence, too many of our educational institutions seem to be creating artificial stupidity.—Thomas Sowell, Is Thinking Obsolete?

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by harveyhorses View Post
                                      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. 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.
                                      "Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple” – Barry Switzer

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Creaghgal View Post
                                        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.
                                        Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

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