You might harbour a deep, growing fear of insects or you might love ’em. Either way, there’s one critter that you’re definitely going to want to keep out of your home this year: the Asian ladybug.
These little fiends — also commonly called ladybirds or ladybeetles — are similar to the harmless ladybugs you’re familiar with, except they also bite and give off one heck of a nasty stench. Not the kind of critter you want lurking around kids… or anyone else for that matter.
The Asian ladybug was first imported into Canada to help people get rid of aphids; however, they’ve been multiplying far too quickly in the past year. So you can expect them to start creeping and crawling their way into your home this fall.
“They look like a ladybug and at this time of year they’re coming in from the fields and the crops because they’re getting cut down,” Taz Stuart, an entomologist, told CTV News.
Since they’re drawn to warm places, you’ll likely find them crowding around cracks and crevices around your house’s windows and doors. And you absolutely don’t want to just leave them be — they release a stinky odour after dying, so you’ll want to get rid of them ASAP.
Although there are red, yellow and orange variations of both types, the Asian ladybugs sport large, white cheeks and an M-shaped, black marking on the back of their heads.
“Once ladybugs have moved in, there are few treatment options,” Health Canada stated. “Sweep or vacuum them up, then seal and throw out the bag so they can’t escape back into your home.”
Alternatively, you may want to seal up any cracks or openings around your house to prevent them from entering entirely, because nobody wants to deal with a stinking, biting squatter. Good riddance!