Ladybugs swarming in great numbers across the nation this time of year is an annual event, but in Tennessee, the swarms are thick and plentiful, much more so than usual. The ladybugs swarming are making areas look bizarre if you happen to walk into a swarm, according to the folks who talked with UPI.com on Oct, 30.
If that old wives' tale of ladybugs bringing luck is true, folks in Tennessee have a lot of luck coming their way! The ladybugs are everywhere, speckling homes and landscapes with tiny dotted red shells.
An entomologist with the Davidson County Extension Service, David Cook, said the bugs, or Asian ladybeetles, are in search of a warm place for the winter and Tennessee is a state that provides all the comforts of home for a ladybug. The weather and food supply for the ladybug more or less invites the winged critters to swarm to their state.
One resident, Diane Stroud of Lebanon, Tennessee said she first saw some ladybugs inside the house, but it wasn't until after walking outside a little later that when she got the surprise she didn’t expect. They were in the air and her yard was thick with them.
If your home has ever been in the direct path of a massive swarm you know what it is like. The ladybugs are usually seen covering the side of the house from which the swarm came from. No matter how airtight you think your home is, somehow or other, these bugs get it.
Swarming ladybugs litter the yard and you can’t help but step on them. When you do they make a crunching sound loud enough to remind you that ladybugs are considered good luck and you are annihilating hundreds as you walk. What does that do to your luck, you wonder?
The good news is they will virtually disappear after a couple of hard frosts. Next year’s swarm will most likely be minimal. The year following an overwhelming amount of ladybugs swarming usually has a minimal showing of the lucky bugs in comparison, said Cook.
“Ladybug, ladybug fly away,” for anyone who thinks this will work, it’s not happening! You just have to ride out the swarming of the ladybugs.