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2007-10-21 03:12:52 AM
Don't knock it - we regularly get at least 50 thousand of them a season naturally. They are farking great. Destructive bugs stay out of the garden areas and they have a deterrent affect indoors if they control an area. You do have to put up with ladybugs, but we manage.

I loves the ladybugs. They only come out once it is cooler, but damn if they aren't a benevolent bunch. Come spring I expect I'll be cleaning up another few thousand carcasses like last year. I'd rather that than letting the aphids take control. They aren't nearly as cute.
 
2007-10-21 04:57:10 AM
Im just here for the immigrant jokes. And then the subsequent "That's Racist" kid.
 
2007-10-21 05:00:27 AM
awwww
 
2007-10-21 05:02:25 AM
i213.photobucket.com

Ask and ye shall recieve.

/hate the that's racist kid.
//does that make me racist?
///damn.
 
2007-10-21 05:02:40 AM
awwwesome
 
2007-10-21 05:05:12 AM
This has nothing to do with anything or anyone on this thread but for some reason it makes me laugh.

i211.photobucket.com

/I love this.
 
2007-10-21 05:05:53 AM
We love them here. They kill mosquito larvae too, when they enter their flightless land living state.

they also do a hell of a job on cut-worms. Anyone who's ever found their tomato plants severed neatly at the base and lying on the ground can appreciate this.
 
2007-10-21 05:14:54 AM
I assumed it would be an article on voter registration.

/'Gotta keep up with Chicago
 
2007-10-21 05:20:45 AM
Our old house use to be crawling with em on the outside, especially in, on, and around the electrical box that ran to the well-pump and the box where the telephone lines came in at.
Just outta curiosity does anyone have a clue as to exactly why they congregated in those spots?
Something to do with the voltage there or some such thing perhaps?
Come on Gill where are ya when I need ya?

Those little ladies were great, no spiders, roaches, mites, termites, silverfish, nada at all.

I'm now really missing them.
Our current house has some sort of spider plague (including Brown Recluse of all things) and the damn exterminator cant get rid of em.
Wasnt aware of this before but little hard-shelled bastards like spiders are very hard to kill, the pesticides are generally ineffective.
Or so says the bug killer guy anyway.


Lady bugs please?
 
2007-10-21 05:32:34 AM
content.answers.com
 
2007-10-21 05:34:59 AM
upload.wikimedia.org

approves.
 
2007-10-21 05:48:18 AM
So, after they don't need the Ladybugs anymore what are they going to use to get rid of the ladybugs?

//Simpsons reference, anyone?
 
2007-10-21 05:54:32 AM
Battlefieldjack: So, after they don't need the Ladybugs anymore what are they going to use to get rid of the ladybugs?

//Simpsons reference, anyone?


Not sure about the simpsons, but there was a children's book based around that. Forget the name, had to do with a woman buying progressively bigger creatures to get rid of the last one.
 
2007-10-21 05:59:22 AM
spill_thrill, Grrrr...... I was about to post one of those....

oh what the hey... but if it is in new york... its probably one of these...

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2007-10-21 06:01:57 AM
That's an awfully cheap solution compared to what those bastids charge for rent in that most massive of 'apartment complexes.'
 
2007-10-21 06:14:34 AM
Bunnyhat: Not sure about the simpsons, but there was a children's book based around that. Forget the name, had to do with a woman buying progressively bigger creatures to get rid of the last one.

Reminds me of:

I know an old lady who swallowed a fly..
 
2007-10-21 06:40:50 AM
i thought this was in reference to the ricans who moved into the apartment above me. damn, they love their music, don't they?
 
2007-10-21 06:50:41 AM
Yes, I suppose it is strange if you have been stuck in the basement playing WoW your entire life. If you actually go outside and pay attention for more than 20 minutes, you may discover an entire world of Doug Henning.
 
2007-10-21 07:05:26 AM
WoW...it's like MoM upside down!
 
2007-10-21 07:49:29 AM
Love the ladybugs!

One stayed in my veil throughout my entire wedding service. I thought that was kinda neat (they're good luck, aren't they?).
 
2007-10-21 07:59:45 AM
My father was an organic gardener in his spare time. He regularly used "good" bugs to help his crops. I always looked forward to letting the ladybugs out with him.
 
2007-10-21 08:13:57 AM
I wonder how long it will be before they're making $2000 donations to Hillary's campaign?
 
2007-10-21 08:28:22 AM
The new Walled city?

/DNRTA
 
2007-10-21 08:41:13 AM
They could try the tried and true Nerw Orleans critters be dead technique.

Evacuate peeps and pets, Drap the entire house with a tarp. Fire up the propane burners and stick the exhaust under draper.

Go to the Central Grocery for a Muffaletta and a Barqs, sit on the moon walk watch the pushboats go home come back next day. Slow roaast cockroach.

From way bac-way-way back
 
2007-10-21 08:57:21 AM
nashBridges: I loves the ladybugs. They only come out once it is cooler, but damn if they aren't a benevolent bunch.

To quote my college ecology teacher...."if you could only hear the sounds of the tiny aphid screams...."
 
2007-10-21 09:30:00 AM
My favorite bugs! Cute and deadly killers of other bugs! And they aren't horrifying spiders, which is a plus for me since I hate the spiders.
 
2007-10-21 09:45:33 AM
Yeah, but if these are the Asian kind of ladybug, prepare for some nasty little bites. They're ornery, I tells ya.
 
2007-10-21 09:47:48 AM
gonet.cz
 
2007-10-21 09:50:02 AM
House centipedes are also pretty beneficial to have around the house and garden. They'll kill all sorts of bad bugs: ants, roaches, termites, etc.
 
2007-10-21 09:52:15 AM
This is all fine and dandy, but wait till the NY people start complaining about the smell. They do stink!

-and that's also not even taking into consideration that you're going to have a LOT of bugs' bodies around that have crawled into your light fixtures, windows, etc and died.

/have a history with these critters...
 
2007-10-21 10:01:56 AM
Apparently hibiscus plants and flower buds are candy to aphids. I had a huge problem with them - but only on the hibiscus. They left my other plants alone. The spray insecticide wasn't working very well to get rid of them, so for plan 'B' I got a couple of containers of ladybugs. Much to my delight, it didn't take them long to realize that dinner was served.

www.cirrusimage.com
I can has aphid-burger?
 
2007-10-21 10:19:25 AM
apt311: This is all fine and dandy, but wait till the NY people start complaining about the smell. They do stink!



The hell you say.
 
2007-10-21 10:24:08 AM
SoxSweepAgain: apt311: This is all fine and dandy, but wait till the NY people start complaining about the smell. They do stink!



The hell you say.


In large numbers, they can give a place a nasty smell. It's a natural defense.
 
2007-10-21 10:28:46 AM
Friggin' ladybugs. Had a shiatload of those little buggers a few years ago. No longer, haven't seen one for awhile. Now? Friggin' STINKBUGS! WTF did they all come from?

/in Philly, not the only one who has this "problem"
 
2007-10-21 10:32:38 AM
SoxSweepAgain: The hell you say.


He hell I do say, here a quick and neat explanation:

Dear Twig: Why do those ladybugs smell so bad?

I figure you mean the ladybugs that get in your house in fall. Multi-colored Asian lady beetles do that. And they also do something else. When something or someone hassles them, they give off a stinky liquid from their leg joints. The liquid has a chemical called pyrazine in it. Pyrazine smells bad. A wee bit goes a long, long way. Foodreference.com calls the stuff "incredibly potent." Which explains why tiny ladybugs can make a giant stink.

Scientists call this reflex bleeding, even though the liquid isn't blood. The ladybugs "reflex bleed" for defense. They do it when threatened - by a predator, say, or by your Uncle Buck sitting on them. The smell says, "Back off! I'm yucky!"

Pyrazine, too, has a very strong taste. It flavors, for example, green bell peppers, peanut butter, certain grapes and asparagus. A teensy amount tastes OK. More than that tastes terrible. The taste resembles burnt peanuts, raw potatoes or - I'm told - squished bugs.


From Here. (new window)
 
2007-10-21 10:45:36 AM
I don't know if it measures up to koalas but I believe Mitch would have agreed that it is the cutest infestation ever!

/I want to feed it a leaf
 
2007-10-21 10:47:13 AM
jayday:

Hmm, ask pootums if boric acid will kill spiders, too. He gave great advice on how to get rid of nasty little bloodsuckers like fleas but also roaches, etc. I wonder if it works on spiders.
 
2007-10-21 10:53:29 AM
Thanks for the tip arcacs. I have seen them around and if they eat all the rest, I can share some space with them.

Why the heck doesn't Lowes or Home depot sell ladybugs? My azaleas have a bad infestation and spraying never does much good.
 
2007-10-21 11:03:28 AM
$6000 worth of ladybugs?
 
2007-10-21 11:07:18 AM
whatshisname: $6000 worth of ladybugs?

Rents start at $3000 a month for a one-bedroom apartment in this joint. They can afford it.
 
2007-10-21 11:11:18 AM
IKillBugs: SoxSweepAgain: apt311: This is all fine and dandy, but wait till the NY people start complaining about the smell. They do stink!

The hell you say.

In large numbers, they can give a place a nasty smell. It's a natural defense.


Wait. Ladybugs or Newyorkers?
 
2007-10-21 11:42:55 AM
Does anyone know if they work on bedbugs?
If they do then considering it's about 2K for just one SRO, this could be a godsend since just enough have moved in around SF to make it a real pain for a lot of hotels (even some of the High end hotels)
 
2007-10-21 12:08:52 PM
While they may fix the aphid problem, coccinellidae smell, bite (yes, bite!) and survive incredibly cold weather.

In certain areas of Ottawa, frames of windows are lined with them in late fall, as they search for warm nooks.
 
2007-10-21 12:10:27 PM
Ladybugs congregate in sheltered areas to survive winter - it is the reason they bunch up in windows and other protected spaces.

This headline deserves a HERO tag. Good for them, not using chemicals when a better solution exists.
 
2007-10-21 12:56:24 PM
They may seem great, but the little farkers can be damned annoying, I remember waking up one night a couple of them were on my damn face X_x scared the crap out of me.
 
2007-10-21 12:59:20 PM
billybobtoo: WoW...it's like MoM upside down!

I knew a girl who had W's tattooed on each butt cheek.

when she bent over it said "WoW".

when she did cartwheels it said "WoW, MoM, WoW".
 
2007-10-21 01:01:54 PM
Murphy's Corollary: Thanks for the tip arcacs. I have seen them around and if they eat all the rest, I can share some space with them.

Why the heck doesn't Lowes or Home depot sell ladybugs? My azaleas have a bad infestation and spraying never does much good.


around here orchard suppy hardware carries lady bugs and preying mantis eggs.
 
2007-10-21 01:12:36 PM
Tomorrow we'll hear that each of them gave $1,000 to Hillary Clinton's campaign.
 
2007-10-21 01:23:09 PM
The bugs they let loose in the apartment complex are native Lady Bugs(Hippodamia convergens). They are the only kind sold for pest control purposes. Appearing almost identicle, Asian Lady Beetles(Harmonia axyridis) are most commonly the ones that hibernate in your house and congregate on the window sills. They were originally imported around 1915 to protect the pecan trees of the south from aphids, but now they've spread everywhere. When it gets cold out they seek cavelike areas(exterior of your home) to hibernate in, and whenever the temperature gets above 50 degrees, even for a few seconds, they "wake up" , become active, and some of them find their way into the living quarters. Since they are photopositive they seek the light of the window. And since they aren't very smart, they don't realize they can't get out the window and should just go back to bed, so they all die on the windowsill.

Both species eat aphids and other pests, and both species can have an unpleasant odor. But the asian ones smell worse, and are usually the ones that shack up in your siding for the winter. Both species are harmless, and are very valuable as predators of pests. If they paid $16.50 for 2000 of them, they paid way too much. I happen to know they wholesale for around $5 for 2000. That'd be a $4,200 profit for forking over a bunch of bugs!!
 
2007-10-21 02:31:17 PM
what's going to keep the lady bug population down? mice? then snakes. then mongoose.


right?
 
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