Thursday, October 22, 2009

Attack of the Killer Ladybugs

Normally, when one thinks of ladybugs, the image is nonthreatening, right?

A petite black and red spotted bug.  And if one lands on you, you'll supposedly have good luck!

Little girls dress as cute ladybugs for Halloween, right?


And as we all know, there was once a very Grouchy Ladybug.

Never before have I felt icked-out by ladybugs.

Until now.

THE LADYBUGS HAVE INFESTED MY TRENCHES.

They are EVERYWHERE.  Dive-bombing us as we walk around outdoors.  Crawling on the house.  The screens.  The doors.  The windows. 

And somehow, some way, they are making their way IN.

(Please disregard the dirty window sill.  I'll tell the maid to get right on that...)

So game on, you pesky, no-longer cute, flying BUGS.

You've forced me to take drastic measures.

I've called the Exterminator.

His name is Baby.

Be afraid ladybugs; be verrrry afraid.

Because with one squish of a finger, you guys are goners.

Buh-bye.


24 comments:

CynthiaK said...

Oh, we've had that issue here before. Creepy, isn't it? Yeah, the cute factor drops waaaaayyyy down at that point.

Good luck with the super squisher.

Vodka Logic said...

We've never had a problem with them, although I know plenty that have... they must like clean houses...

SugarBritches said...

This happens at my mom's house quite frequently. It's so dang weird.

J said...

Can you send him to my office? They are EVERYWHERE! It's grossing me out.

Life As I Know It said...

I keep hearing of the lady bug infestation around here, but I haven't seen any at my house (yet?). Wonder why they are all out right now?!?

workout mommy said...

my parents house had that issue and therefore I HATE ladybugs. YUCK! I chase them away and curse them whenever I get the chance.
good thing you have an in-house squisher to take care of them for you! :)

Jeanette said...

Too funny and way to go on training up your child. LOL

Lori said...

Send Baby to my house! I had over a hundred of these stupid bugs on my patio door the other day. Seriously, over a hundred of them. Gross.

Manic Mommy said...

My children just nearly caused me to drive off the road when they realized a moth had flown in through the sunroof. Perhaps Baby could teach them not to be afraid of things 1/10,000th their size?

That One Mom said...

They wore out their welcome here last year. The Girl took to sucking them up in a vacuum cleaner.

beenomom said...

We are under attack here as well, since yesterday actually! I don't know what is causing this but they are everywhere. They are driving my cats bonkers when they climb on the window screens and the ones who make into the house...

well no holds barred, they are fun toys for the kitties and end up dead on my window sills and floors!

Classy Fab Sarah said...

Ok, wait.

When you squish them (accidentally or on purpose) - do they stink?

If so, they are actually not ladybugs. They are, I believe, something like African Lady Beetles.

They were introduced to the US by farmers to help control some bad bugs on crops and have now taken over.

Wow, I am a nerd... but don't you feel enlightened?

Rebecca is Thrilled by the Thought said...

How funny! I've seen swarms of ladybugs in forests, but never have I seen them attack the domestics. Good thing you've got a plan! =)

Jenn@ The Crazies said...

We are infested here too... we have been using the vacuum alot!!

Pam said...

When I lived in AZ our exterminator company was Ladybug Pest Control. Now I understand why.

A Fist Full of Dandelions said...

I've never heard of that happening. When I lived in Texas, homes/schools became infested with these nasty flying crickets. In Colorado, it seems spiders and miller moths are the culprits!

Good luck exterminating!

Rita/Fighting Off Frumpy said...

Awww, you beat me to the punch - I took an almost-identical picture of the little pests climbing all over my window for use in a future blog post! We have a similar infestation going on here. Ugh.

You're right: ladybugs used to be cute. Now? Not so much.

Maureen said...

I have never heard of that problem! But ick. I know they're supposed to be cute, but hopefully your "exterminator" will take care of it!

Better than what my husband told me tonight - our neighbor found a snake on her couch this week. We back to parkland that includes a swamp and the river. Isn't that fun?

Ladybug's Picnic said...

Oooh, don't squish them. Bad idea. When squished, they release a reallllly gross odor that will definitely linger. Vacuum them up or sweep them out the door. As much as I love ladybugs, I went TO TOWN on them today in the basement.

I still have several in the playroom. GET OUT, ladybugs!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Ya know, now that I bought my daughter an ADORABLE ladybug costume for Halloween, they're getting a bad rap all over the blog world & twitter. I really hope nobody tries to squish her on Halloween!!

Jessica @ A Bushel and a Peck said...

OH MY GOD--we had at least 30 ladybugs JUST IN MY BEDROOM last night, no exaggeration. It's weird how that many of anything, even semi-cute things, becomes disgusting. Any idea what to do about them? Or why they are suddenly appearing in mass quantities???

Michelle said...

Makes me laugh. Well at least he doesn't like to play with them like my son. :)

Halverson's said...

So hyper geek here (and luker - hope that's not too creepy) they are Asian beetles and they were brought into the US originally to be an "organic" way to keep another type of pest away but now have taken over.
Here in NE Iowa they come out big time after the soybeans have started coming out of the field. They are super gross - yes they smell - espcially if you squish them and I've even had a bite from one. Nasty little creatures!!
Of course Iowa State says I'm wrong about them being imported but whatever: http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/iiin/ladybeetles.html

Draft Queen said...

We are having the same issue at work, which is totally weird. I counted 12 ladybugs on the inside of the window today. We called campus maintenance.

My mom said her house was being attacked as well. She had to call an exterminator.

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