If you are one of those families who live in an area where the Asian Lady Beetle has overtaken you–I feel your pain. Since 1916, they have spread coast to coast thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In one article I read, “The Asian multi-colored lady beetle was first introduced in California in 1916 as a biological control. Subsequent releases occurred in other U.S. regions for years after. The beetle is a voracious eater of soft-bodied insects like aphids, and went to work immediately. Unfortunately, the alien lady beetle out-competes our native lady beetle species, making their survival more challenging. In addition, the Asian lady beetles have a nasty habit of aggregating in homes and buildings during winter months, something our native species does not do. ”
The Tennessee extension office says that you shouldn’t kill them… and I quote “Remember, these beetles are providing a service for us (killing pest aphids) and should not be killed whenever possible. Eventually, the beetle’s population will exceed its food supply or natural enemies may become more abundant, and the populations will crash or reach a lower level without our interference.”
Here is our “Kill the Beetles” bug control solution: Hire your 8 year old boy with a vacuum and hose to suck up the hundreds of beetles crawling all over the walls and windows. Empty the vacuum canister into a box or bag. Carefully place the box into the burn barrel. Light on fire and burn before the beetles can escape.
You would think with over 100 chickens around here…bug control wouldn’t be a problem. However, American chickens don’t like the taste of Asian bugs evidently.