Ladybugs swarming is a trending topic because this is what's happening in certain parts of the American South on Oct. 31. And no, that doesn't mean these little ones are actually people dressed in red-and-black costumes for the purpose of trick or treating for Halloween.
In fact, according to the Christian Science Monitor, this is the season for the invasion of the ladybugs. And so, as the nation, for the most part, gets ready to fall back from Daylight Savings Time -- when the clocks get set an hour earlier this weekend -- literally millions of ladybugs are crashing a number of abodes in the USA.
This is particularly true in Tennessee where, according to entomologist David Cook, the perfect weather conditions exist as do "a large food population." This Nashville-based expert stated, "[Ours] is a perfect insect storm."
So what type of ladybugs are bugging Tennessee residents?
Cook says that the prevalent species are the Asian Lady Beetles. These little guys are seeking warm places to hide and hibernate. Apparently, these particular insects live about a year and when the cold weather comes around, these particular ladybugs seem to prefer buildings that are painted in a light hue.
Their entry point?
Foundation cracks, porches, even the front door.
And so, as ladybugs have begun swarming the American South, these insects may have made their collective beds in your house. No warm welcome is necessary.