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Name: Martha
Status: other
Age: 60s
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: 1/29/2004


Question:
You may recall you have helped our DO Line column previously. The weekly column is interactive with readers with them providing the questions and we research, looking for experts who can answer.

A few months ago we had a question about Lady Bugs because a reader (and many others) were finding tons of bugs in their house. Now, another reader is saying she is still finding them everywhere in her house -- in closets, light fixtures, etc. She asks how she can get rid of them, short of contacting a pest control expert.

Can you help us figure out how homeowners can eradicate these little bugs from their homes? We will look forward to hearing from you as soon as convenient. Thanks in advance.

Martha Higbie, Columnist
Daily News DO Line
Greenville, MI 48838


Replies:
This lady beetle is known as the Asian lady beetle, and is a mixed blessing. They are voracious eaters of many insect larvae. Unfortunately, they have few natural enemies so that in some parts of the country their population can get out of hand.

A search of the term: "Asian lady beetle" on www.google.com or www.dogpile.com will provide you with detailed information on them.

Also see: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/br/lbeetle/

for the USDA online story.

The short answer is yes they can be controlled but the proper treatment has to be applied at the proper time of year. Once they are "in" a building or house, it is too late, and you will just have to wait till next year.

Vince Calder


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