Is it a lady bug? Why is it in my house?

They’re little, orange with black speckles, and invading some area homes in search of a place to winter.

You may even confuse it with a lady bug.

The Asian lady beetle is showing up in various parts of Ohio and making a bit of a nuisance of itself.

Like the stink bug, the Asian lady beetle is not a native species of Ohio. It was introduced in the 1990s for natural aphid and mite control, according to Tom Borgman, natural resources manager for Great Parks of Hamilton County.

“It seems kind of silly to introduce an Asian lady beetle when there are so many other insects here doing the same,” he said.

They are prolific, Borgman said. This time of year they are seeking shelter which is a key reason they are finding their way into some homes.

“They can actually bite, but you can barely feel it,” he said. “They are kind of smelly if you squish them.”

The Asian lady beetle is not poisonous to humans. Its bright color is a sign to other things that it might be poisonous or at the very least taste bad.

“If they are in your house, the best thing to do is probably vacuum them up, and find out how they got in,” Borgman suggested.

Because they are small, they can work their way into the tiniest of gaps in the house. It’s a simple fix with a little caulk, he said.

Copyright: Cincinnati Enquirer


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