Known as lady beetles or even ladybird beetles, these familiar round little beetles are well known in children's nursery rhymes and picture books.
The larvae do not look anything like their parents. They look somewhat like alligators with their long narrowed dark bodies and spiked projections!
Extremely beneficial to gardeners and their organic garden, the adults and larvae will prey on aphids, spider mites and mealy bugs.
Ladybugs, or lady beetles, are considered a beneficial bug which helps rid an area of crop-damaging aphids, mealybugs and other destructive insect pests.
The adult ladybugs feed on these insects. They also lay their eggs among the aphids or other prey so the emerging larvae can feed on the insects, too.
The only time they are considered to be "pests" to people is in the fall when the weather gets cooler, and the Asian lady beetles enter homes and other buildings in large numbers in search of a warm place to overwinter.
Vacuuming these beetles and discarding the bag may be the most effective method of removing these insects from your home. Remember, we don't want to remove them from fields, orchards or gardens since they are so beneficial.
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