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« Thread started on: Nov 3rd, 2005, 1:06pm »

this is probably the wrong board for this...
but i'll write here anyway wink

we are being beseiged by those stinky little pretend-lady bugs!
they're coming in every time we open a door....they're crowding into every nook and cranny they can find...like around the window frames.
i keep vaccuuming them up, and they keep coming.

i remember a few years ago, i thought they really were lady bugs....and i carefully caught them in a plastic container and then released them outside.
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now i know the truth about them!
they're smelly, bitey, deceptive wee beasties!!!!
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« Reply #1 on: Nov 3rd, 2005, 2:01pm »

:ill: oh no. My stepdad hates bugs. :irked: He will stay up ALL NIGHT trying to kill them. :crazy:

The only bugs I have a hard time with are the silver fish :ill::ill::ill::ill::ill: ohhhhhh they make me sick. I hate those.....they move too fast, have too many legs or other things hanging off them......:ill::ill: they scare me.
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« Reply #2 on: Nov 3rd, 2005, 2:37pm »

How would WE know if it's the wrong place for the posthuh?wink))))))))))))))))))))

You're safe , here! smiley

Oh my, i have heard stories about those. I don't think we have them yet, here.
Gees.....I've heard all you can do is keep moving them, that they don't 'get the hint!'

Sorry, damama!
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« Reply #3 on: Nov 3rd, 2005, 3:24pm »

This is the perfect place to talk about those smelly, bitey, deceptive wee beasties!!!! I don't have them at home yet but they are every where here in town.....we have been fighting them off all day.......


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« Reply #4 on: Nov 3rd, 2005, 3:26pm »

Those cute little things bite!!!:crazy:

They're here to...they keep getting in my one window...:medusa:
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« Reply #5 on: Nov 3rd, 2005, 4:20pm »

They bitehuharrrrghhhhhhh......

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« Reply #6 on: Nov 3rd, 2005, 4:23pm »

Anyone know anything else about them?

What do they eat?

What do they prey on?

Are there ANY natural predators for them?

Doesn't sound like we have a good balance going on, that's the trouble with these non-native buggers.
I have a keen interest in insects, but not happy with the ones from away.
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« Reply #7 on: Nov 3rd, 2005, 5:53pm »

Zinnia I think they are migrating....have to look this up... huh But I was always told that's why we had swarms of them every fall.
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« Reply #8 on: Nov 4th, 2005, 7:35pm »

they squirt out nasty, stinky yellow stuff when you try to catch them...:yuck:
and if they land on sensitive skin, like the underside of your arm, they sometimes pinch.

do any of you get western conifer seed beetles?
they really stink....
and when you squish them, they have turquoise-colored guts! :ill:
(i just thought you might be interested in that little bit of information wink grin)
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« Reply #9 on: Nov 5th, 2005, 12:08pm »

I love all this scientific information! hahahaha.....
thanks for this smile, you know i need it! smiley))

And believe it or not, that does give me some clues, maybe one of the stink bugs...many types in a big family....
but gee whiz, they pinch?!wink
Well, don't put them under your arm!!! smiley

And do pinch back! wink

Oh my, it seems that WE are the prey. wink

Love those colors, damama.......
ANd danny, will you please put signs out for them, directing them far west?! smiley

You'd think that farther West or South would have more of such things. Amazing how insects pupate , etc, or burrow deep for the winter, or lay eggs that last through our deeeeeep down ground freezes, for the many months of winter.

Tiny seeds amaze me, too. They can be dormant for the winter, or for many years, till the conditions are right for them, then they germinate. Totally fascinating.

Good things for me to focus on, today.
(Off of body symptoms!)

Sending hello's to you all.
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(yellow, and turquoise, damama?!!!!!wink

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« Reply #10 on: Nov 5th, 2005, 12:57pm »

honest!!!!

i wouldn't lie about anything as important as that! wink grin
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« Reply #11 on: Nov 5th, 2005, 3:52pm »

You know how to get a smile out of me, damama!

Thank you!
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« Reply #12 on: Nov 8th, 2005, 12:29pm »

Ladybug - Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle


The multicolored Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis), has become common throughout the United States and all of Iowa. It is well known for the annoying habit of accumulating on the sides of buildings and wandering indoors during the fall. Asian lady beetles are a beneficial biological control in trees during the summer, and in fields and gardens during the fall, but can be a severe household nuisance during late fall and winter. Wooded residential and industrial areas are especially prone to problems.

The origins of the Asian lady beetles are not clear, although it appears the current pest species was not purposefully released in the United States or in Iowa. Beetles that arrived by accident in ports such as New Orleans in the late 1980s have crawled and flown all by themselves to all corners of the country.

Description
The multicolored Asian lady beetle is 1/3 inch in length; dome-shaped; yellowish-orange to red with variable black spots on the back. Deep orange is the most common color. The 19 black spots may be faint or missing. There is a black W shaped mark on the thorax.

Asian lady beetles, like other accidental invaders, are "outdoor" insects that create a nuisance by wandering indoors during a limited portion of their life cycle. They do not feed or reproduce indoors; they cannot attack the house structure, furniture, or fabrics. They cannot sting or carry diseases. Lady beetles do not feed on people though they infrequently pinch exposed skin. Lady beetles may leave a slimy smear and they have a distinct odor when squashed.

Asian lady beetles follow their instinctive behavior and fly to sunny, exposed surfaces when preparing to hibernate through the winter. The time of beetle flight varies but is usually from mid-September through October (depending on weather). Light colored buildings and walls in full sun appear to attract the most beetles.

Management
Sealing exterior gaps and cracks around windows, doors, eaves, roofs, siding and other points of access before the beetles appear can prevent unwanted entry. Experience suggests, however, that comprehensive pest proofing is time-consuming, often impractical and usually not 100% effective. For large infestations with intolerable numbers of beetles, spraying pyrethroid insecticides such as permethrin or esfenvalerate to the outside of buildings when the beetles appear may help prevent pest entry. Homeowner insecticides other than pyrethroids usually do not provide satisfactory prevention.

Long-term relief may come from planting trees that will grow up to shade the south and west sides of the house. The most practical control for beetles already inside is to vacuum or sweep them up and discard. Indoor sprays are of very limited benefit. Interior light traps are available.





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« Reply #13 on: Nov 8th, 2005, 2:43pm »

dem are da guys, alright!

but i'm confused about one thing....isn't iowa part of the u.s. anymore? huh wink grin
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« Reply #14 on: Nov 8th, 2005, 4:44pm »

Thanks for the article, Fancy, i am interested in it.

And for the smile, damama....
obviously it isn't. I will re-read the article to see if perhaps Iowa is part of Asia.

Zinnia smiley
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