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does anyone else have swarms of lady bugs. yesterday it warmed up and huge swarms came out of the forest millions of em. they find their way though cracks and crevices. i had to vacuum them up b4 going to sleep.
anyone know  of a deturant or natural control.
 
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just taking refuge from my own swarms-- not sure where you live or if yours are really lady bugs

I'm in pulp pine country and I heard they are not ladybugs (more orange than red?) I heard them called Japanese warrior beetles and theoretically they were released to combat the pine borer

does any of that sound familiar?
 
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sounds just bout right, lets release some invasive species to multiply out in the wilds, not knowing what the consquences mite be
 
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The culprit

It's an Asian Lady Beetle, released a long time ago to combat other insects by the department of agriculture

I was only a smidgen correct
 
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Every year we get these orange,  Harmonia axyridis, aka Asian Lady Beetles.  I have not heard of any deterrents.

Here is a guide to Ladybug identification.

Getting to Know You: Ladybug Identification


"Whether you call them ladybird beetles or ladybugs, these insects are guests you definitely want to keep on your garden invitation list. Learning a little about these beneficial creatures can help you properly identify them – and determine which plants to add to your yard if you want these good guys to join the garden party."  
 
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I hear so many different things about organic controls that sometimes it is difficult to keep them sorted.

bearing that in mind, I seem to remember a trick of putting a light inside a paper bag in a dark room  --maybe with a sponge or some small water source, and overnight the bag would fill with the critters if they had invaded your home.

seems to me they were thinking about ladybugs, cause the last part of the instructions were to keep them in the fridge till spring.

But,  knowing what we know, these beetles are in no short supply, so a death trap might be appropriate-- ie shielding the light from the top and then having a pan of soapy water underneath so the bugs fall into the water when they fly to the light source. That works for fleas, but it might be necessary to rig something else since these bugs likely have more control over their flight than fleas have over their jumps, ie a paper bag that you throw into a compost pile instead of the fridge.

The stink bug trap with two pieces of cardboard (or whatever) spaced at just the right distance for them to squeeze in might be another possibility once you have their attention at the light source, I saw lots of them yesterday hiding between layers of stuff when I took apart the cover of my roof.



No guarantees on that, but desperate times...
 
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i have found that a shop vac works well for the one that make it inside
 
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