Invasion of the Ladybugs

This December has brought a new set of guests to our home. We are being invaded by Ladybugs! They tend to congregate in groups in one of our vaulted ceilings in the den area. They seem to follow the heat as it rises.

We read this phenomenon is not uncommon and our new guests bring no harm. However, just now, my wife was shrieking over one flying onto her neck. I am sad to report we have vacuumed up over fifty of them from our ceiling, usually when a dozen or so have gathered. Right now, we are back up to five.

We don’t know where they are coming from, as this is all new. We gummed up a few cracks in window sills, but they still come. We speculate they are coming in from the fireplace or maybe when we let the dog in and out.

I hate that we have to vacuum them up, but if we did not, we would become vastly outnumbered and they may stage a coup. Apparently, they are randy creatures and come spring we would be quite popular  with bugs and their offsprings. Still it is a shame, since they are such helpful creatures in the garden.

 

24 thoughts on “Invasion of the Ladybugs

    • Janis, that is a great idea. Getting them down is the hard part. With several wands on the vacuum, I can get them without a ladder. I had this concern of falling while trying to save them. Keith

      • Janis, it is scary, especially when I clean the gutters. By the way, I was walking yesterday morning after dropping a car off for servicing. I was walking on some grass as I neared an intersection. As I turned to look, I tripped over a rock and down I went landing in slow motion on my chest, shoulders and hands. I am OK, but am sore today. I am sure I gave the drivers a chuckle. Keith

  1. I wasn’t going to comment on this but having experienced several years of Fall ladybug infestations, I have observed, and learned, a few things. Our invaders are “false” ladybugs, GMO creations developed to combat certain pests and gone out of control as such things usually do. Three things: they seek light/white/warm surfaces to land on; they crawl inside clothing and bite, and they stink. I suspect yours are just the first arrivals from the waves of yearly infestations we have had to fight with here (B.C., Canada, west coast). Warning: don’t let them in the house and get rid of them as fast as possible, find their entry and block it. They’ll get into everything, and they stay alive and active for a long time. These are “alien” predators, an infestation, not “cute little bugs.”

  2. Dear Keith,

    How annoying. I suspect that this is what happens when we humans mess with Mother nature. Every year in Florida, we have the invasion of the “Love Bugs.” If one has ever visited Florida during their reign, they will never forget it as they are impossible to avoid.
    The front of your car will be covered with wall-to-wall dead love bugs.

    They are generally seen in pairs that are locked in an amorous embrace and then they die.They have two mating seasons a year that lasts about a month around May and September. According to the University of Florida, while these bugs don’t bite, nor do they sting, they are considered quite a nuisance.

    Hugs, Gronda

    • Gronda, oh those Lovebugs! I am from Jacksonville, so we had our share of th trysted bugs. Cars had the “bras” to keep them from flying into their car grills. Keith

  3. Considering how quickly most insects multiply Keith I don’t think you’ll be doing any harm to their population and its only natural you’ll want to defend you own ‘turf’.
    Anyway whereas your home may seem warm and snug to them, they might not get on with the environment in the long term.

  4. How strange and sad. I bet they are trying to survive the cold. I wonder what their normal winter behavior is? Hibernation? Migration? Maybe their natural pattern has been interrupted by climate change or something else?

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