I Hate Ladybugs

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.

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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.

Now that the weather has begun to warm up, I’m greeted by this sight when I enter my room.
Dead Ladybugs

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.

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4 thoughts on “I Hate Ladybugs

  1. Ladybugs in your home are supposed to be good luck. However, try planting Geraniums (away from the house). For some reason they like them and will stay there. If you have aphids, moving the ladybugs to the plants will rid you of aphids as they are a natural food source and give the ladybugs something else to focus on other than driving you crazy.

    Good Luck.

    • I’d say one or two would seem lucky, even charming, but hundreds are a problem. The sad part is we do have some bugs on the plumeria tree and they seem totally uninterested in doing their job.

      I’ll have to plant some geraniums down by the tennis court this spring and hope they migrate that way. Thanks for the tip. It’s always fun to hear who’s been checking in.

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