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Old 04-12-2006, 07:21 PM   #1
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Lady Bugs Everyhere!

I purchased my 75 Argosy 26 a couple of months ago and have begun refurbishing. It needs very little actually. The weather here is just now starting to warm into the 60s and 70s during the day and suddenly my trailer is over run with ladybugs. I don't know if they are hatching or just waking up from a long winters nap. They seem to just appear around the windows receiving the most light. I cannot see where they are coming from. They just appear. One then three then ten then twenty. It's creepy. Anyway, has anyone else had this problem and how can I rid the trailer of them. I first thought that once they all became active and if I was dilligent about shewing them out that they would be gone but now I'm afraid that they will just reappear each season or even several times a year. Help!
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Old 04-12-2006, 07:30 PM   #2
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We have them in Connecticut also, most obvious in the winter looking for a warm stop to hide. Actually they are most likely not lady bugs. Look up the color photos on the net and you may notice the color pattern is different. My understanding is these another imported incest to help organic farmers with aphids. They are harmless. Put them in your garden. Reminds you of that movie "The Bird" don't they?
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Old 04-12-2006, 07:31 PM   #3
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I have a friend who had them take over her house. They swarm in the fall and come in all the cracks, hide up in the attic. Of course all winter they'd get warmed up and be buzzing drunken-like around the house, landing in their food, driving her nuts! Come spring, they swarm back out. She finally had new roof and siding done and sealed everything up so they couldn't get in, and last I heard it was under control.

They could be hiding anywhere they can get to, in the walls, or the belly pan, they're awful small.
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Old 04-12-2006, 07:35 PM   #4
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We use to get them in my old house every year....I'd put a nylon over my vacuum cleaners nozzle and suck them up and then go release them outside.....so they could make there way back inside....they will eventually go away don't worry.
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I'm sure they are some sort of Asian imposter. I have contemplated setting off a Bug Bomb but am not to keen on the idea. If they're under the floor or between the interior and exterior walls that may not work anyway. I wonder if some sort of sonic pest control device would work.
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Old 04-12-2006, 07:40 PM   #6
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Smile Mostly harmless

All the advice here is great. If you humanely scoop them up to send them on their merry way by hand be sure to use a paper barrier though, they leave a stinky orange mark on your hand as a defense ask me how I know...they will leave when it warms up...

You may have a name/theme for your trailer? Ladybug?
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Thanks for the encouraging words. I will not worry. They are apparenty simple minded anyway. The are very good at finding windows with screens but cannot seem to find a wide open door.
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they leave a stinky orange mark on your hand as a defense ask me how I know...
Yes, and my friend assures me they taste REALLY bad too, though I have not checked that myself.

Just wait until they leave of their own accord, and then try to button up any holes before next fall.
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We got a slew of them one October. I moisten a paper towel (don't do that on any fabric because the orange transfers) and catch them (50-100-more?) until they stop coming out. The following February in Florida, I had to push up the awning to get underneath where they had collected. Many survived our Michigan cold temperatures. There were tons. Eventually we stopped finding any to extracate. Once in a while I find a dead one, but we never used any spray or insecticides. Sometimes especially for hornets I use the vacuum and hose.
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I recently found a few thousand carcasses in the sun room of my folk's house a couple of weeks ago, and I figured they could be traced to the potted plants my mom moved in there last fall. I theorize that they were in the soil and since that room is minimally heated, warmer weather and the angle of the sun made them hatch in hordes. Then they made a bee-line for the window screens.

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another imported incest
All ladybugs look very similar, so perhaps they can't tell which are their close relatives.

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this may help

http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Entomology/ent...rees/ef416.htm
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When we first cleaned out our '67 Safari, we found hundreds of dead ladybugs. A PO had left the windows open (apparently during some rainstorms too - grrrr) and then closed the ladybugs in before they could escape.

Maybe get some ladybug lures from a garden center and place them outside the trailer, and then leave the windows/door open?
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