Do you have adblock enabled?
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Harlan Daily)   Kentucky ladybug infestation attributed by some to a secret government mission, scientific experiments and terrorism. Paranoia tag suspicious of amusing tag   ( divider line
    More: Amusing  
•       •       •

4701 clicks; posted to Main » on 20 Oct 2006 at 3:00 PM (10 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

109 Comments     (+0 »)

Oldest | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | Newest | Show all

2006-10-20 03:02:43 PM  
Um, aren't ladybugs supposed to be beneficial or something?

2006-10-20 03:03:36 PM  

Not the Satanasiaterroristbugs.

/infestation of '01, when they first showed up in my area, is where my email addy.
//DRTFA either!
2006-10-20 03:03:49 PM  
I for one welcome our ne...

/can't do it
2006-10-20 03:03:56 PM

Run for your lives!
2006-10-20 03:05:04 PM  
It is horrible this year.

There are thousands on the outside of my front door, and hundreds have managed to make their way into my house.

The cats hate them as well. This time of year, and spring are the worst times.

Yay Kentucky.
2006-10-20 03:06:00 PM  

2006-10-20 03:06:06 PM  
They aren't the ladybugs we all know and love. These things are nasty, they swarm like hell, they bite, and they smell. Ugh. Hate the little bastards.
2006-10-20 03:06:32 PM  
The term "Asian Lady Beetle" makes my pants tight.
2006-10-20 03:06:50 PM  
Funny, but I didn't get anything "ladybugs" in my rapture forecast.
2006-10-20 03:06:52 PM  

....and they all got to play,
at the ladybug picnic.

2006-10-20 03:07:25 PM  
The damn things look for warm places to overwinter. My mother-in-law's 1700's-era house was full of them. We couldn't stop laughing at her. Little-known fact: They smell like peanut butter when you vacuum them up.
2006-10-20 03:07:50 PM  
2006-10-20 03:08:57 PM  
my parents live in BallGround, GA. Their ceilings get covered with ladybugs and you can smell them cooking in the halogen floor lamp. mmm mmmm what a tasty smell
2006-10-20 03:09:28 PM  
Galloping Galoshes

More like freshly cut grass.

They have stained all of my lampshades and several areas on my white walls in the living room.

If anyone knows how to keep these things outta the house, please let me know. I've got a couple dozen swarming around the living room right now.
2006-10-20 03:09:30 PM  
This happened in Chicago about 3 years ago. One day right around this time of year BOOM there were million upon millions of them swarming the city. I had some of that fake spiderweb stuff up around my porch for Halloween, but had to take it all down. You see the stuff make have been fake but for the Ladybugs it was real enough, there were probably 500 of them that got caught and died in it.
2006-10-20 03:09:51 PM  
They are obnixious. I miss the red ones of days past...that didn't horribly bite or swarm.
2006-10-20 03:10:28 PM  
uh oh teh spelling error "obnoxious"
2006-10-20 03:10:48 PM  
With whom does a Ladybug dance? ~George Carlin
2006-10-20 03:13:24 PM

Asian Lady Beetle?
2006-10-20 03:14:23 PM  
I'm still having trouble with the enormous ego required by a Kentuckian to think they'd be a terrorist target.
2006-10-20 03:15:43 PM
just a small invasion this side of the pond back in August this year...
2006-10-20 03:15:48 PM  
i read these are the same beneficial lady bugs that eat garden pests
2006-10-20 03:16:01 PM  
We had a bowl of Halloween M&M's on counter a few years ago. Dad walked up and grabbed a handful and shoveled them in his mouth. Well, he got a nasty surprise when he bit down on one of those lady beetles that had hidden in the bowl. Poor Dad!
2006-10-20 03:17:32 PM  
The red ones are fine.

The orange ones are nasty. They bite.

A few years ago we were infested with them up here in Ontario. Thank goodness our cold winters killed them off, or drove them off, or something.
2006-10-20 03:18:24 PM  
This same thing happened in Nebraska a couple years ago. I don't know if it's the same cause or not. But what happened here is the lady beetles were intentionally released in hopes because they helped to keep other, more crop-damaging bugs, away. Well, in a double-whammy of the beetles reproducing WAY faster than expected and a mild winter these things were everywhere. Last summer and fall they completely overtook my parents house. There were all over the walls and ceilings. And these things aren't like normal ladybugs either; they bite and it hurts like hell. Anyway, that's my story. An audio-tape version will be out early next month.
2006-10-20 03:18:52 PM  
Red ladybugs = awesome.
Orange ladybugs= evil.

Uugh. Picture them everywhere. In piles. Turning your threshold orange with a crunchy carpet.
2006-10-20 03:20:52 PM  
We get them every year here in PA too. Apparently they were brought in intentionally to help some crops. The shop vac works pretty well on them.
2006-10-20 03:21:37 PM  
Twice a year the love bugs bloom in Florida and then come the tin-foil-hats who come up w/ some pretty looney stuff on the bugs' origins.
2006-10-20 03:22:02 PM  

My kiddo seen that picture and said "Hey, that's just like our bugs in the house"
2006-10-20 03:22:09 PM  
We have a Paranoia tag?
2006-10-20 03:24:18 PM  

"And then there were four that came...on people,"..."Three went down"..."I tried spraying them"...
"There may be 10,000 come to their funeral,"

/less than nothin'
2006-10-20 03:24:48 PM  
These SOBs bite?


We get them every winter. They engulf lightbulbs and they stink.

/Chemicals...I need chemicals..
2006-10-20 03:26:30 PM  
I know an old Lady who has thousands of ladybugs tattooed all over her body. Wish I had a picture...
2006-10-20 03:26:48 PM  
They're pretty bad here in Bluefield, WV too
2006-10-20 03:28:41 PM  
I despise these things. i have a fly ribbon that is almost completely full of them and they're still swarming the ceiling. They are also why I am firmly against bringing foreign creatures into America. There hasn't been a single time when that worked out well.
2006-10-20 03:29:32 PM  
I can't wait for the TV interviews. I am from KY and am always impressed with the wonderful people they find from the streets to interview about the problem.

"Well, I reckin I was at Walmart when the swarm happen'd'! It was like they came from the heavens."

Thanks TV news for bringing out the best in my state ;)
2006-10-20 03:29:40 PM  

First thing I thought of.
2006-10-20 03:30:46 PM  
I was under the impression that these were introduced intentionally as a natural insect-control agent for crops. After the crops are harvested and it starts getting cold, that's when they attempt to move indoors.
2006-10-20 03:31:01 PM
Fark these buggers!

I made fun of one of my friends that was complaining over being bitten by one. C'mon a ladybug bite? Poor guy. Then I got bit - these are not the cute little bugs in your garden. The orange ones are evil flying six-legged bringers of pain.

Oh yeah, and they leave nice trails of yellow/brown 'gunk' behind if you decide to go after them
2006-10-20 03:31:23 PM
2006-10-20 03:31:25 PM  
JE255J: While I wholeheartedly agree with you, I wouldn't be yelling too loudly from Jersey.
2006-10-20 03:31:35 PM  
FTFA: The bugs are more prevalent in the fall, but this season, they seem to be everywhere.

(Scratches head) Strange! 'round here, we get 'em in May and early June.

/ 'round here = Hampton Roads, Virginia.
2006-10-20 03:32:22 PM  

Duke sucks.

2006-10-20 03:32:52 PM  
Yup, we've been getting a bunch of those nasty orange ones here in Baltimore for a few years now. Old news. The ladybugs were at war with us before 9/11, but we Americans just didn't realize it!

/now where did I put that vacuum?
2006-10-20 03:33:03 PM  
Get a flock of farking chickens; problem solved. Oh, but this is Kentucky, Jim Bunning, never mind.
2006-10-20 03:34:18 PM  
Here in Missouri they're swarming too. You can see them all over the outside of the 10 story office building I work in. I just noticed one on the ceiling of my office! YIKES! Never been bit and don't want to be, guess it's a good excuse to go home early today!
2006-10-20 03:35:25 PM  
From the article, dated OCTOBER 20th
The bugs are more prevalent in the fall, but this season, they seem to be everywhere.

That's why it's a damn conspiracy. They government's changed the order of the damn seasons on us!

/well, you guys anyway, it's still fall up here in Canada, for about 3 more minutes.
//after previewing I realize that I misread the line, but heck I'm posting anyway. People need to know about this...
2006-10-20 03:35:36 PM

Yea, imagine this on your windowsill when you come home from work. That's what it looked like at my parents house in PA. Little buggers like to hibernate in the walls of houses (by the thousands!) and will undoubtedly find their way indoors. And they leave stinky little orange dots all over the place (bug poop?).
2006-10-20 03:36:04 PM

Sorry for the teeny pic. Last Dance of the Ladybug....
2006-10-20 03:36:31 PM  
Anything is a good excuse to go home early.

It's Friday for fark's sake!
Displayed 50 of 109 comments

Oldest | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | Newest | Show all

This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »
On Twitter

Top Commented
Javascript is required to view headlines in widget.

In Other Media
  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.