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Ladybug home invasion and what you can do about it
Clark MacCallister
We are well into November, and the weather is becoming chillier by the day. Nothing feels better than coming home to a warm, comfortable house after a cold day at work. Unfortunately, insects feel the same way. Ladybugs are some of the most notorious nuisance pests when it comes to unwelcome insect intruders. Ladybugs, or as they are known in the science world, Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles, are non-native insects that normally do more harm than good. They prey on garden and crop pests, such as scale insects and aphids, and help reduce overall pesticide usage. In fact, they are so good at controlling crop pests that they were intentionally released by the USDA. According to Susan Jones, an Ohio State Entomology professor, Georgia had the highest number of Asian lady beetles introduced (11,000) in the 1970s-80s. These were a big help with controlling the pecan aphid, a big pest in South Georgia’s many pecan orchards. However, with the lack of natural predators in the US to help control their populations, Asian lady beetles soon became household nuisance pests.