Attack of the multicolored Asian lady beetles
I can remember the first summer I saw a multicolored Asian lady beetle.
Of course, you never see just one, and that’s really the problem. These beetles (people here just call the ladybugs) come in swarms, all seemingly in a mad dash to get inside my house.
I can remember having a major problem with the multicolored Asian lady beetles a few years during the 90’s, and then they seemed to be only a minor annoyance for many years following.
This is absolutely the worst year for the multicolored Asian lady beetles that I’ve seen in a really long time. Our house is coated with these bugs, and the air is thick with bugs.
It’s a bit difficult to even make it from our house to our vehicles without having to pick a dozen or so of them off in the car, and when you look up in the air, you can see a cloud of multicolored Asian lady beetles.
It’s funny, though, because after all these years of dealing with the fall ladybug problem, this is the first year I’ve ever seen their larvae. All I can say is—gross. Have a look.
About the multicolored Asian lady beetle
According to the USDA, the multicolored Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis) is actually a native insect to Asia, and was imported and in the United States as early as 1916 in attempts to naturally control certain insect pests.
While the multicolored Asian lady beetle may be considered a beneficial insect, anyone living in areas dealing with the ladybug plague this fall would probably disagree. I know I disagree.
What’s that smell?
If you’ve ever dealt with these insects, you also know that they emit a horrible STINK when you smash them. This is a defensive reaction known as “reflex bleeding,” in which a yellow fluid with a terrible odor is released from the beetle’s leg joints.
Trust me, it’s gross.
Are you dealing with the Asian multicolored lady beetles this season? Are you finding this year worse than others?