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(KIKN 100.5 Sioux Falls)   "Attention shoppers...we've released 72,000 bugs in the mall today to save the planet. Watch your step in the food court. Thank you"   (kikn.com) divider line 52
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2013-04-24 12:14:02 PM
I bet over half of those bugs were painted German cockroaches.
 
2013-04-24 12:14:49 PM
Meh....you want to release them at night, so they don't fly away.
 
2013-04-24 12:16:27 PM
EWWWWW
 
2013-04-24 12:16:29 PM
"Okay, honey, I'm walking over to Williams-Sonoma!"
*crunch*
*crunch*
*crunch*
 
2013-04-24 12:16:41 PM
Man, I hope nobody with the DT's or trying to kick heroin wanders in there that day.
 
2013-04-24 12:19:19 PM
Law of Unintended Consequences requested in Aisle 2.
 
2013-04-24 12:20:25 PM
It's OK, they are going to release snakes to control the ladybugs!
 
2013-04-24 12:20:58 PM
content9.flixster.com

That'll work really great for the movie theater they got there, eh?
 
2013-04-24 12:22:02 PM
 
2013-04-24 12:25:00 PM
Global warming is a myth.  Environmentalists are stupid.  Your milkshakes do not bring any boys to the yard.
 
2013-04-24 12:25:29 PM
Elementary school classes were on hand to witness the release of the bugs and to take a lesson from Mother Earth.

What lesson?  That you can use bugs to get rid of other bugs?  What's the point?  Congrats, you got rid of all your bugs! Now you have bugs!  Great success!
 
2013-04-24 12:26:40 PM
I bought a box of ladybugs for my backyard garden.  Of course they all flew away but it was worth it because, well, a box of ladybugs flying away is still a lot cooler than not seeing a box of ladybugs.
 
2013-04-24 12:28:45 PM
We used to get these in Illinois during the summer a lot (still do in some areas), although those might've actually been Japanese beetles.

All I know is they generally weren't bothersome, liked sunny window frames and stank to high heaven if you squished one.
 
2013-04-24 12:30:42 PM
Can I get a few of these for aphid control? My peppers would appreciate it.
 
2013-04-24 12:30:52 PM
www.agriculture.purdue.edu
 
2013-04-24 12:31:01 PM
wait, wouldn't the ladybugs EAT the plants?
 
2013-04-24 12:32:02 PM

Gonz: Can I get a few of these for aphid control? My peppers would appreciate it.


Link
 
2013-04-24 12:32:38 PM

Honest Bender: Elementary school classes were on hand to witness the release of the bugs and to take a lesson from Mother Earth.

What lesson?  That you can use bugs to get rid of other bugs?  What's the point?  Congrats, you got rid of all your bugs! Now you have bugs!  Great success!


Instead of bugs that damage plants, you have bugs that EAT bugs that damage plants. And people tend to like ladybugs more than they like aphids and such.
 
2013-04-24 12:33:08 PM
Meh, looked more like adalia bipunctata rather than proper nine spotted coccinella novemnatata.
 
2013-04-24 12:39:26 PM

Raging Thespian: [content9.flixster.com image 352x270]

That'll work really great for the movie theater they got there, eh?


Oh FFS I haven't seen a McKenzie Bros. reference in ages.
Still have the vinyl version of their comedy album.
Take off, eh!
 
2013-04-24 12:47:40 PM
I bought a box of ladybugs to get the aphids off my bamboo one year.. that was a fun 10 minutes.  The ladybugs went berserk, but the aphids were gone...
 
2013-04-24 12:48:16 PM

Electromax: We used to get these in Illinois during the summer a lot (still do in some areas), although those might've actually been Japanese beetles.

All I know is they generally weren't bothersome, liked sunny window frames and stank to high heaven if you squished one.


If they were swarming/trying to get into your house by the bucketful they were probably those asian lady beetles. Harmless & eat aphids, so worth the annoyance on the balance.
 
2013-04-24 12:49:29 PM

LordJiro: Instead of bugs that damage plants, you have bugs that EAT bugs that damage plants.


Yeah, it's not that hard of a concept is it?  Some natural things are beneficial and some are asshole species.  It's like hearing that guy who says he likes having a yard full of dandelions instead of 'boring grass'.  No, you're just too farking lazy to get rid of weeds.
 
2013-04-24 12:54:10 PM

Gonz: Can I get a few of these for aphid control? My peppers would appreciate it.


Yep, they sell em at the nurseries.  I had aphids on my pea plants last year and got some.  Worked pretty well.
 
2013-04-24 12:55:46 PM

Tiberius Gracchus: Electromax: We used to get these in Illinois during the summer a lot (still do in some areas), although those might've actually been Japanese beetles.

All I know is they generally weren't bothersome, liked sunny window frames and stank to high heaven if you squished one.

If they were swarming/trying to get into your house by the bucketful they were probably those asian lady beetles. Harmless & eat aphids, so worth the annoyance on the balance.


CSB time

My fiancee and I went to Gatlinburg TN for a short vacation on the off-season and stayed in a nearby hotel for a super cheap rate. Our room was infested with literally HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF LADYBUGS. They covered every window in the room and where crawling over everything. All up in the sheets and even under the toilet seat in the bathroom. It was like a horror movie with a super lame monster. There was no way in hell I was ever going to stay a single night in that room, so the management upgraded us for no charge to a King Suite with a fireplace and jacuzzi tub. A HUGE upgrade from the shiat room we paid for. Best ladybug free vacation I've had in a loooooong time.

/End CSB
 
2013-04-24 01:01:58 PM

brap: I bought a box of ladybugs for my backyard garden.  Of course they all flew away but it was worth it because, well, a box of ladybugs flying away is still a lot cooler than not seeing a box of ladybugs.


The Mall is enclosed, you know like a greenhouse. They ladybugs are imprisoned and can't "fly away" to get out, unlike the people who voluntarily go there.

Free the ladybugs!
 
2013-04-24 01:17:23 PM

BarkingUnicorn: Video (auto-play) of the release


Gotta love the little girl with the pink bucket of lady bug paste.
 
2013-04-24 01:19:44 PM

LordOfThePings: Gonz: Can I get a few of these for aphid control? My peppers would appreciate it.

Link


Oh, I know they're available, I'm just cheap.

(Thanks for the link)
 
2013-04-24 01:23:54 PM

Gonz: Oh, I know they're available, I'm just cheap.


People! Not everyone is fortunate enough to have the ladybugs that they need!
Give to give Gonz enough ladybugs!

www.paypalobjects.com
 
2013-04-24 01:28:15 PM
Okay, this is actually pretty cool. I just hope they didn't release the nippy kind. The Asian imports can be jerks...
 
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2013-04-24 01:30:31 PM
It would be more fun to release a swarm of the one of the common hoverfly Toxomerus species. Larvae eat aphids, same as ladybugs, but the adult flies look like tiny wasps and would freak customers out.
 
2013-04-24 01:33:03 PM
Yet another reason to buy one of these...

http://bugasalt.com/

/phone linking.
 
2013-04-24 01:54:18 PM
What can I say, I think ladybugs are cool. The Asian ones like to hibernate on my sun porch, so every spring I have to collect them and put them outside. Compared to all the really annoying things I have to do in life, moving ladybugs outside is trivial.
 
2013-04-24 02:27:04 PM
Just got back from tending the church garden, getting a kick. . .

/not enough growing to be worried about pests yet, but already planning on dropping beer traps for the slugs
 
2013-04-24 02:52:58 PM

Worldwalker: What can I say, I think ladybugs are cool. The Asian ones like to hibernate on my sun porch, so every spring I have to collect them and put them outside. Compared to all the really annoying things I have to do in life, moving ladybugs outside is trivial.


Those little farkers like to bite.  fark them.
 
2013-04-24 03:02:35 PM

meanmutton: Those little farkers like to bite.  fark them.


And hard, too. I flatten 'em on sight now.
 
2013-04-24 03:13:44 PM

Peki: planning on dropping beer traps for the slugs


I tried that, back when I had a strawberry patch (many years and places ago). As far as I can tell, the slugs just had beer and strawberry parties all night. :(

And how can ANYONE get bitten by a ladybug? Let alone admit it?
 
2013-04-24 03:23:44 PM

Worldwalker: And how can ANYONE get bitten by a ladybug? Let alone admit it?


They land on you and then they bite you.  No different than a horsefly or a mosquito.
 
2013-04-24 03:25:14 PM

meanmutton: Worldwalker: And how can ANYONE get bitten by a ladybug? Let alone admit it?

They land on you and then they bite you.  No different than a horsefly or a mosquito.


Well ... they've never done that to me. Seeing as they're not blood-suckers like mosquitoes, I'm a bit unclear on why they would. But in any event, I seem to be immune to attack ladybugs, so I suppose I should be grateful.
 
2013-04-24 03:31:40 PM

meanmutton: Worldwalker: And how can ANYONE get bitten by a ladybug? Let alone admit it?

They land on you and then they bite you.  No different than a horsefly or a mosquito.


It's different. They don't spread disease or drink your blood. They just nip. But it's no different in that biting, stinging, or piercing is a thing that some insects do, and it's annoying if not downright painful.
 
2013-04-24 03:34:54 PM

Worldwalker: meanmutton: Worldwalker: And how can ANYONE get bitten by a ladybug? Let alone admit it?

They land on you and then they bite you.  No different than a horsefly or a mosquito.

Well ... they've never done that to me. Seeing as they're not blood-suckers like mosquitoes, I'm a bit unclear on why they would. But in any event, I seem to be immune to attack ladybugs, so I suppose I should be grateful.

Harmonia axyridis,

the Asian beetles, are the biters.  The regular ones don't bite.
 
2013-04-24 04:33:57 PM
Freedom!  Horrible, horrible freedom!
 
2013-04-24 04:35:52 PM
Several years ago, before the stinkbug invasion, we had a ladybug population explosion in the Eastern US. The ladybugs came inside during the fall by the tens of thousands. Everywhere you went you saw dead ladybugs in lamp fixtures.
The ceiling fixtures in the stores are going to be ladybug cemeteries in no time at all.
 
2013-04-24 05:21:46 PM

HairBolus: brap: I bought a box of ladybugs for my backyard garden.  Of course they all flew away but it was worth it because, well, a box of ladybugs flying away is still a lot cooler than not seeing a box of ladybugs.

The Mall is enclosed, you know like a greenhouse. They ladybugs are imprisoned and can't "fly away" to get out, unlike the people who voluntarily go there.

Free the ladybugs!


And their children will burn!
 
2013-04-24 05:44:57 PM

Worldwalker: Peki: planning on dropping beer traps for the slugs

I tried that, back when I had a strawberry patch (many years and places ago). As far as I can tell, the slugs just had beer and strawberry parties all night. :(

And how can ANYONE get bitten by a ladybug? Let alone admit it?


Not deep enough? Point is for the slug to drown in the beer. I'm using soda cans cut in half-ish. Bonus: fill with veggie oil and you get traps for earwigs.
 
2013-04-24 06:12:32 PM
I wish they'd gone with praying mantids.

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2013-04-24 07:07:50 PM

Peki: Bonus: fill with veggie oil and you get traps for earwigs.
img2-2.timeinc.net

 
2013-04-24 08:02:56 PM

BarkingUnicorn: I wish they'd gone with praying mantids.

[quantumbiologist.files.wordpress.com image 445x387]


Now that would be news. Wonderful, wonderful news.
 
2013-04-24 08:15:05 PM
lady bugs are very good natural pest control for aphids I believe.

Anyways, using them on the plants would prevent them from having to use pesticides that Im sure probably aren't safe to use indoors.
 
2013-04-24 08:19:28 PM

BarkingUnicorn: I wish they'd gone with praying mantids.


Next week: Mall of America receives shipment of more insects, someone thinks they're supposed to also be released. Then the shipment of butterfiles arrives.
 
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