Ladybugs swarming southern states in huge numbers are causing homeowners big problems this year. The normally welcome beetles have appeared in large amounts from Tennessee to Alabama after the first cold snap of fall. According to United Press International on October 31, they are only looking for someplace to spend the winter.
'We have perfect weather conditions, and a large food population,' said David Cook, an entomologist.
Ladybugs swarming are not usually a problem, but once they get into homes they can be. Cook calls this situation a 'perfect insect storm.' If you try to swat them, they exude a smelly orange blood that statins. The best way to deal with them is to remove the bugs with a vacuum.
This year's ladybugs swarming issues can be attributed to ideal conditions for them to thrive in giant amounts. The weather has been just right this year. Also there is a larger than normal amount of food for them to eat which attracts them.
The swarming insects are specifically Asian ladybugs. The warm insides of homes and other buildings are just right for them to be attracted in great numbers. The summer rains caused additional growth to occur in trees and plants. This in turn grew the populations of insects that the ladybugs thrive on.
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