24th April 12:02
ladybugs! (have walking black south live)
I hate the *%#$@ things! I know I'll be accused of being a troll but you
really have to be here to understand my hatred. My open front porch is on
the south side of the house. At this time of year it is virtually unusable
thanks to those red and black spotted menaces! Opening the front door is
like to walking into a swarm! Actually the front door simply can't be used
at this time of year. I wish the jerk who imported these things had to live
with them like I do. Kill a ladybug, save an aphid!
24th April 17:45
ladybugs! (have tree black sun western)
They usually prefer western sun exposures for hibernation purposes. It is
possible to discourage them from using your porch without harming them
Rig up a vaccuum cleaner (one with a hose, not beaters) with a fresh bag
in it, or a nylon stocking or loose cheesecloth in front of the bag or a
nylon stocking stuffed down the front of the hose. Vaccuum the ladybirds
into the sack or stocking, to be emptied on the property edge or nearby
woods, underneath or in the folds of a black tarp that can be permanently
located (perhaps near a compost heap or along the west edge of a tool shed
or garage), or deposit the sleepy ladies in the hollow of a rotting tree.
They want a relatively dry slightly warmed place to hibernate, & rotting
wood or west-sunned dark surfaces stay warmer than the atmospheric
temperature, so can be better attractants than porches or the insides of
walls. When they emerge next spring from out of a black tarp or tree
hollow, they will take note of where they are at, & if struck them as a
good place to have wintered, they may return to the same spot the next
Ladybirds have "scouts" which find ideal hibernation spots & somehow the
news spreads among them & they remember the spot for generations; they
arrive in autumn from a considerable distance, then emerge in spring to
scatter far from your gardens, so the person with the most ladybirds
hibernating often end up with the fewest when they're needed in spring.
When they fixate on a specific spot they'll return to it year after year
in increasing numbers, but if the mass-hibernation spot is frequently
disturbed, such as by vaccuuming them up & moving them, their "scouts"
look for safer refuge, & whether or not they continue to return to the
tarp-spot provided for them, they eventually stop using a porch because
they'll have learned it gets disrupted.
-paghat the ratgirl
"Of what are you afraid, my child?" inquired the kindly teacher.
"Oh, sir! The flowers, they are wild," replied the timid creature.
-from Peter Newell's "Wild Flowers"
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24th April 17:45
I appreciate the information but I don't think you understand the magnitude
of the problem. This is a two story house and the south side is just
covered with ladybugs. Getting a vacuum up there would be pretty tricky.
If I do try this you can be sure I'm not going to let them go - gas and a
match it is! Sorry I realize this probably offends some but enough is
24th April 17:46
In the fine newsgroup "rec.gardens", "LAH"
<firstname.lastname@example.org> artfully composed this message within
<news:Y%C9d.4145$Ae.email@example.com erio.net> on 08
I haven't read this group in a while, and checked in and upon seeing
your post, I sort of have to agree. I have the same problem with them
every year (though, not yet, too early) and those things are
agressive and bite (yes, these "lady"bugs bite. The first year I
bought my house they found their way in via the ba*****t and I've
never found a hole to plug, but they haven't been that bad since. But
outdoors, they swarm in the fall. I like the idea of vac***ing them
up and relocating them.
24th April 17:47
ladybugs! (have flower)
OTOH, my peonies didnt have any aphids or "dew" on them this year. flower buds were
clean as a whistle. so maybe they are doing some good out there. Ingrid
List Manager: Puregold Goldfish List
Solve the problem, dont waste energy finding who's to blame
Unfortunately, I receive no money, gifts, discounts or other
compensation for all the damn work I do, nor for any of the
endor*****ts or recommendations I make.
25th April 05:39
A number of companies sell asian ladybug traps. They run about $30,
though it sounds like you might need more than one. They use a
combination of a battery-operated light and a pheromone lure to attract
the ladybugs into a collector.
Gardener's Supply sells them, as does the Vermont Country Store, and