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Old 11-28-2008, 06:51 AM
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Default No lady bugs this year at my house.

Well actually one. I found my first one on the house yesterday. Last couple of years there were thousands out side and some inside. Where did they go ,not that I miss them they bite nasty.
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Default RE: No lady bugs this year at my house.

Hey, you're right! We used to get them all the time. They'd show up in and around the window frames of the house. Never knew they were biters though.
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Lady bug's dont bite,sure there not yellow flies your talking about?
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Those are not lady bugs. Lady bugs are good and don't show up in large numbers. What you find on a warm day in the fall are squash beetles or something similar. I have them at my house and despise them- they'll bite you too!
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We had alot last month in NC
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Not a problem this year, but in the past I noticed that anything light colored they would crowd onto (reflected heat?), and yes they would bite hard. I thought they wre lady bugs and never knew they packed such a bite. So, squash beetles, huh? I'll squash them alright.
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Didn't get the beetles or those GD stink bugs this year.
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We got the stink bugs really heavy this year
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Default Re: No lady bugs this year at my house.

Funny I was just talking with one of my farmer neighbors this morning about Lady Bugs.....the lack there of this year. There were small numbers of them this year, especially compared to last years bumper crop.

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Those are not lady bugs. Lady bugs are good and don't show up in large numbers. What you find on a warm day in the fall are squash beetles or something similar. I have them at my house and despise them- they'll bite you too!
You should have been here last year Joe; I had actually thought of catching / packaging them and selling them on the internet in lot sizes of a 100. A 100 would have taken me all of about a minute to scope up. Talking with my neighbor, he said last year wasn't the worst he's seen in these parts. He said about ten years back there were so many the front of his white painted two story brick farm house was covered to the point of it was red.....................mind you I live in tobacco growing country. In case you don't know the flower on the tobacco plant attracts aphids by the thousands/ millions. Lady Bugs were introduced a number of years back by our government as a predator for the spiraling out of control aphid population.

Here is a good link to the difference between Lady Bugs and the Squash Beetle.

http://extension.entm.purdue.edu/publications/E-100.pdf


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Yes - they are lady bugs and they are ALL at MY HOUSE this year! SHEESH~!!!!!

They are migratory and this year they migrated to the South. Seems we get a huge influx of them once every 3 yrs. or so. This year was "our turn".
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Garett - you learn something new everyday. I had no idea lady bugs would congregate in such large numbers. There is definitely a market out there for them if you can figure out a way to capture, store and transport them without damaging them. Most I've ever seen in nature is maybe 3 or 4 at a time.

I hate those damn squash beetles and we seem to get them only in the fall on an Indian summer day.

No stink bugs seen this year either. I hate those things more than the squash bugs. They are creepy!
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farmerjane - 11/28/2008 12:12 AM

Yes - they are lady bugs and they are ALL at MY HOUSE this year! SHEESH~!!!!!
Yah and I see one in your sig pic Jane. A bloody big one at that.
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Capturing them Joe would have been to easy......I would have just scraped them off the windows and wall with a playing card and into a shoe box. Once in the shoe box all I would have had to do was stick the box in the frig or freezer to shut them down for counting/ packaging. I had figured I would have done the count around 150 so if some had died from shipping the customer still would have got their 100 count. The only part I hadn't sorted out was the box and price. Next year if the numbers are up I'll definitely be looking at it much closer.
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Default Re: No lady bugs this year at my house.

I have plenty of aphids to keep those ladybugs fat and happy and I'd be happy to take some off anyones hands
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Well if the Lady Bug numbers are up next year I'll post it here.
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LittleMrs ~ wish I'd have known.....all I'd have to do is leave my windows rolled down on my vehicle and I woulda DRIVEN them down to your house by the truck load! HA! Next time....

They are actually wonderful little creatures, however, in huge numbers they can start to become a pain in the arse~
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My wife just goes around the house with the vacuum cleaner and sucks them up, then empties canister in a large sealing bag so they can't return,

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mattie - 11/29/2008 7:52 AM

My wife just goes around the house with the vacuum cleaner and sucks them up, then empties canister in a large sealing bag so they can't return,

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I do that with palmettos (oh how I hate those things !!!!) but ladybugs always get transported to the milkweed plants where the aphids live. If there are no ladybugs available I just blast the aphids off with a strong blast of water from the garden hose as I make "oh NOOOOOOOOOOOO Mr Bill !" noises LOL
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Being in Michigan, I believe InHerNet was talking about Asian Lady Beetles, not Squash Bugs. See: http://www.ipm.msu.edu/beetleFruit.htm

It seems like about seven or eight years ago they were everywhere, and now I hardly see any, except for the dead ones that inevitably show up on my basement floor over the winter.
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Garett - 11/28/2008 10:09 AM

Capturing them Joe would have been to easy......I would have just scraped them off the windows and wall with a playing card and into a shoe box. Once in the shoe box all I would have had to do was stick the box in the frig or freezer to shut them down for counting/ packaging. I had figured I would have done the count around 150 so if some had died from shipping the customer still would have got their 100 count. The only part I hadn't sorted out was the box and price. Next year if the numbers are up I'll definitely be looking at it much closer.
The hard part will be training them to eat just a little food each day so it last while shipping them across the state's.

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