Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Wild Fact: Lady Bugs

Technically called “Ladybird Beetles,” ladybugs sneak inside houses through cracks to escape cold weather. Older, light-colored houses that face south or west are especially attractive. In self-defense, these beneficial aphid-eaters may ooze a little of their blood (a smelly, yellow liquid) when handled. Use a wet/dry vacuum to capture and release them outside with less mess. Be sure to seal up any cracks in your home to prevent further invasions. Although ladybug houses in a
garden look cute, they do little to attract these insects or to keep them out of your home. Hollow plant stems, leaf litter, and rock piles make better overwintering habitats.

WILD Fact is a regular feature written by Linda May, a wildlife interpretive specialist with the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division based at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, Georgia.

1 comment:

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