Even for people who hate all kinds of bugs, the exception to that rule is the ladybug. Not only is it good luck for it to land on you, it is a cute, harmless little beetle few can scorn. And if a swarm of ladybugs invaded your home, you might be perturbed but certainly not terrified.
In Central Texas, many residents will be experiencing something similar. But instead of ladybugs, their homes will become infested with Asian lady beetles. While these bugs might look similar to the adorable ladybugs, they’re anything but friendly – and they are a nonnative species that stole the ladybug’s looks so they would be accepted.
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Since they look so similar, what can really be so different about ladybugs and Asian lady beetles? The truth is terrifying.
While ladybugs are completely harmless, Asian lady beetles bite and try to feed on humans.
“They have a habit of tasting things they land on,” University of Texas entomologist Dr. Alex Wild told KEYE.
As you can guess by the name, Asian lady beetles are not native to Texas or the United States. But the unwanted Japanese beetle was initially introduced to the southern US states back in the 1960s to help with pest control. Now these creatures are terrorizing Texans and invading their homes.
Asian Lady Beetles “are attracted to illuminated surfaces” (like sunlit walls) and “are such a nuisance” in many parts of the U.S. come autumn “that they affect quality of life,” the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture wrote online.
If you’re struggling with infestations of these annoying beetles, you are not alone.
Because the winter brings cold, these Asian beetles want to find safe harbor before the frost comes. Because of this, they find safety in your home and other buildings.
WARNING: Do not squish Asian lady beetles. When they are squished, they release a noxious odor sure to make you retch. They also leave behind a yellow stain on any surface they were’ squished on. Avoid this at all cost.
If you see these bugs in your home, it is time to act now. Unless you don’t care about getting bitten at night or having your pets bothered, you’re not going to like that if you’re into a tidy home.
If you have these “nuisances” ladybug impostors terrorizing you, Dr. Wild suggests a simple solution to remove them – your vacuum cleaner.
Recently in Kansas, a dog, known for chasing bugs around the yard, started getting sleep a lot more often and began skipping meals. The pet owner grew concerned, but never expected this…
Suddenly, the dog began foaming at the mouth! The owner was concerned and took the dog to the vet. There, the professionals found the shocking truth. 30-40 Asian lady beetles were hanging off the roof of the dog’s mouth.
The Asian Lady Beetles bite, and they secret a substance that make them stick. Then dogs won’t eat.
The bites can leave an open wound in a dog’s mouth, and that’s a more serious concern.
“Definitely it’s painful,” said Dr. Lindsay Mitchell, the veterinarian that treated Bailey. “They’ll have some pain, they won’t want to eat as well, and they run the chance of infection if they have those ulcers there.”
If your dog runs into trouble with the bugs, Dr. Lindsay says to try and just pull them out of their mouth, if the dog will let you. But she says if you see any ulcers inside the mouth, to bring the dog in to see a vet.
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