@wxbrad: The Autumn Lady Bug swarm is here

<B>@wxbrad: </b>The Autumn Lady Bug swarm is here

@wxbrad: The Autumn Lady Bug swarm is here

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by BRAD PANOVICH / First Warn Storm Team

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WCNC.com

Posted on October 30, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 3:23 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It’s that time of the year when you begin to see loads of lady bugs swarming on the sunny side of your home. As the temperatures drop usually after the first frost or freeze like we had the last weekend. Along with sun angle getting lower the ladybug or as they are sometimes called Asian Beetles begin to try to hide from the cold.

This time of the year they will seek out the sunny side of  any building. Which is the south side of your home. They will find tiny cracks even in the most sealed up house and end up usually around your windows. Now they may seem like pests when they are in your house but they are a natural deterrent to smaller pests in your garden. Mainly aphids and if you grow tomatoes plants ladybugs are a blessing. They east these smaller pests when it warm outside.

Now when they get into the house and they run out of aphids to eat they can cause small bites but it’s not that bad. I usually just get the shop vac out and suck them up. Before long they are all gone and winter sets in. To me the ladybug swarms are just part of the seasons changing in the Southeast.

Here are some great tips on how to deal with the swarms in the fall.

Tips for dealing with ladybug swarms.

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