Ladybugs are a beneficial insect–just not in my house.
Late last winter we had an invasion of ladybugs. I grabbed my whisk broom and dustpan and escorted them outdoors. I humanely released hundred of ladybugs week after week and hoped my efforts would be rewarded.
Our home had been empty for six months or more when we moved in. I was hoping that was why we were dealing with the ladybug issue.
Unfortunately, ladybugs are attracted to light colored houses with a southwestern exposure. That certainly describes us.
Last fall when I was painting on the deck I realized they were back in full force.
I got the shop vac and sucked up our cute little pests. Online they recommend that you then release them into your garden. If that makes you feel better, go ahead and believe that one.
It’s disheartening to sweep, and then a few hours later to find they’re back wandering around, playing dead, and grossing me out.
So as I continue to sweep, I’m turning to you for help. Have you ever dealt with a ladybug infestation? Do you have any experience with the black light traps?
On a positive note, the MR did see a bunch on the fruit trees, so they are doing their job out in the orchard. Now if we could only convince their friends to join them.