Ladybugs swarming have many home residents exasperated as the weather gets colder, but it seems the culprit is the rainfall and cool temperatures, as these ladybugs want warm houses and light colors as winter fast approaches. The Inquisitr reports this Wednesday, Oct. 30, that the ladybug invasion is particularly prevalent in Tennessee Valley.
Finding ladybugs swarming in your own home would certainly be alarming, but these insects aren’t harmful, so it isn’t too much reason for worry, say experts. The reason for the invasion? These ladybugs — specifically Asian ladybugs — are apparently looking desperately to find a warm place before the cold weather of winter hits, and the warmth of people’s homes, as well as the appeal of house’s often light colors, are that source. Tennessee Valley residents are seeing this especially common at this time of fall.
According to the report, the light-colored walls and upholstery, in tandem with warmer temperatures of houses, that is drawing the warming ladybugs in. Even when not harmful, they are certainly a pest, particularly if they make it into the bedroom or bathroom.
Said one Botanical Gardens on the ladybugs swarming across the U.S. and primarily the southern valley region, citing high rainfall and cool weather:
“One reason I think we may be seeing more of them is that this summer was so cool and we had a lot more rain. We had a lot more foliage growing and we had a lot more bugs like aphids and other insects out there. They were the food source of these ladybugs and so they bred more.”
The best way to get rid of the myriad of ladybugs? Vacuum them up or use various bug traps. Experts encourage ladybug-ridden homes avoid squashing them as they can leave a tough stain when killed.
The ladybug swarm is also threatening some people with a potential crop infestation, concludes the report, but fortunately for Tennessee Valley residents and other locales affected by the invasion, the ladybugs crowding is only thought to last for a couple weeks more, so just waiting them out might be the best solution.