Ladybugs are swarming in the south, and the tiny beetle, thought to be quite the cutey, is quickly becoming nuisance numero uno. Cooler southern weather has the tiny beetles on the prowl, looking for warm places to hole up for the winter, reports WebProNews on Oct. 30.
Call them what you will — ladybird, lady beetles, cow beetles — the Coccinellidae family of beetles, officially known as the “Asian Multicolored Ladybug,” is getting into people’s hair, figuratively and literally. Swarms of beetles have been prying their way into homes as they look for warm places to shelter from cool winter temps.
Entomologist David Cook works for the Davidson County Extension Service in Tennessee, and said weather conditions are creating a “perfect storm” for the swarming orange and black beetle.
“We have perfect weather conditions, and a large food population,” Cook said. “This is a perfect insect storm.”
Diane Stroud, a homeowner from Lebanon, Tenn., said she was shocked at the amount of ladybugs flying around.
“We were just sitting at home and noticed a few outside,” Stroud said. “We went out to look and there were tons flying around. We were really shocked.”
Spectacular swarms have been seen in Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. Ladybugs do not pose any risk to humans.
The good news is that after a few frosts, the ladybugs should be driven to a hard hibernation and stop reappearing. In the interim, the most effective way to rid your home from them is with a vacuum or bug trap. If you crush them, they leave a stain, along with an awful smell.