As far as bugs go, ladybugs have a pretty sterling reputation. Seen as a sign of good luck, and often appearing in children's books and cartoons, these red- and black-spotted insects have plenty of great qualities: They prey on pests like aphids, spider mites, and mealy bugs that would otherwise destroy your plants and gardens. But, there's actually a bad kind of ladybug out there—ones that can bite and be aggressive, are harmful to dogs, invade your home, and leave behind a foul-smelling yellowish secretion that can stain walls and furniture. They're called Asian Lady Beetles and were first introduced to North America in to combat aphids—but now, they're even more of a problem because they have overtaken the native species, and our homes. While Asian Lady Beetles also prey on pests that harm our gardens, their cons far outweigh the pros. Here's exactly how to tell if you're dealing with a good kind of ladybug or a bad kind of ladybug, and what to do about it.
Asian Lady Beetles
Asian Lady Beetles - PF Harris
Alpine WSG Insecticide. Lady bugs surrounding and invading your home by the thousands? It's not lady bugs, it probably the Multi-Colored Asian Lady beetle. The Multi-colored Asian lady beetle Harmonia axyridis are sometimes mistaken for ladybugs or lady bird beetles, and are familiar insects in many parts of the United States. For the most part, Asian lady beetles are beneficial predators that eat aphids, scale, insects, and many other pests that injure plants in gardens, landscapes and agricultural settings. However, in many places of the midwest and eastern USA, the Multi-colored Asian lady beetle has become a household pest. This beetle feeds on aphids and other soft-bodied insects that dwell on crops and trees.
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Alright, does anyone have these little insects crawling around their home right now? I do, I took the picture below earlier today. One might think that these are cute little ladybugs, but with a closer look, they will see that they are actually Asian lady beetles. Asian lady beetles are quite different then ladybugs and can quickly invade a home if they are not dealt with quickly.