Every November a number of uninvited guests descend upon our little homestead.
And no, I'm not talking about family members at the Thanksgiving table. (At least not in this post.)
I'm talking about these guys.Asian Ladybug Beetles.
Do you have a problem with these bugs, too?
I hate them!
They're hideous. They arrive in large swarms and parade themselves along warm windowsills. They're stinky. Even dried up dead ones smell bad. Some people claim that they smell like peanut butter, but they don't smell like any kind of peanut butter that I've ever sniffed. They leave a nasty orange stain if you smash one. And they bite! Yes! They bite! They always seem to get me on the back of my neck... I hate that!
However, I must admit, we've had a lot fewer indoor beetles ever since we re-insulated our house. The little buggers had been sneaking in right through the walls. Ewwww. That gives me the heebie-jeebies!
I know these bugs must be a problem for other folks, too, because I see Asian Ladybug Beetle traps at the hardware store. And a homemade trap can be made using complicated instructions involving milk jugs, twist ties, miscellaneous office supplies, a light bulb, and talcum powder. But I've never found any of these traps or contraptions to work worth a darn. Instead, I find that the best way to get rid of them is to just suck them up frequently with the hose of my vacuum.
Do you know a trick for controlling Asian Ladybug Beetle infestations? Please share!