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Ladybugs Swarm in Fall: Southeast Experiencing an Invasion

By Sean Breslin
Published: November 1, 2013

The invasion is coming.

Asian Lady Beetles, or ladybugs, have swarmed the Southeast in record numbers thanks to mild weather conditions over the last few years, reports UPI.com. Generally, after the first cold snap of the fall, the insects swarm the South to look for a warmer place to ride out the winter months, but since the last few winters in the South have been relatively mild, ladybug populations have skyrocketed, the report also states.

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The pretty little bugs appear to pose no threat to humans, but when they swarm in large numbers, there can be consequences.

American Live Wire says the ladybugs can make their way into homes and become a nuisance. When they die, their bodies and shells can become food for other pests, which could lead to infestations of roaches or rodents. A couple of hard freezes could eliminate a large chunk of the population, but until that occurs, expect to see plenty of ladybugs if you live in a Southern state.

To combat the problem, the United States Department of Agriculture recommends making sure all cracks in a home are properly caulked. Doors and windows to the exterior should also be sealed correctly to keep the insects out this fall.

A home's exterior may resemble the video below, but it's still better than the swarm making it indoors.

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A familiar bluet, Enallagma civile. (Kim Phillips)


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