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Infestation!

By M Davies   /     Apr 18, 2008  /     Annoyances, BUGS, Mommyhood  /  

Our new house has a ladybug infestation of sorts.  They are EVERYWHERE.  They climb up the walls, divebomb lights, hang out in the window sills, etc.  Ladybugs are fairly harmless and are said to be good luck to have in your house so I don’t mind it too much. 

This is not the case for Gabrielle.

SHE HATES, HATES, HATES ladybugs.  Did I mention the hating part.  Yeah, she hates them.

Anytime she sees one she comes running out a room yelling "WADYBUG!  WADYBUG!  WADYBUG!"  Rich then responds by going into whatever room the "wadybug" happens to be in and picking it up and putting it outside.  This happens about 10 times a night. 

It. is. starting. to. grate. on. my. nerves.

Especially since last Friday, when it was raining, I showed Gabby the worms that ventured out onto the driveway.  She was absolutely fascinated by the worms.  She bent down closer to the ground to get a good close-up look at the worms and nearly picked one up.  WTF?  How are ladybugs more scary/yucky than a worm?  I don’t get it.

Then this morning on WVIA they were showing an advertisement for Reptiland with snakes, alligators, salimanders, etc…and Gabby says "I LOVE SNAKES, SSSSS!"  She likes snakes, but hates lady bugs.  Huh?  I can’t figure this kid out.

I’ve done some ladybug research on my own and found out that they prefer houses with lightly colored siding and that have southwestern sun exposure.  Both of which we have.  I have read on other websites that ladybugs hate the smell of garlic.  I guess we will have to start making more italian food to get these guys out of our house.  By the way, I am a self proclaimed lady bug expert now, so go ahead, ask away.  These aren’t the normal "red" lady bugs either…they are the orange "Asian" lady bugs.  I didn’t realize there was a difference until I started searching on google for "ladybug infestation". 

I was going to get some pictures of these critters, but I can’t find the charge cable for the digital camera.  Its either still plugged in at my old house or in a box.  I wish I had some psychic capabilities so I could find it.  Moving rocks!  And by rocks, I mean it sucks.  I have no idea where anything is right now.

About M Davies

Hi! My name is Michelle and I'm the sassy author of this blog. I also am a wife, mother, sister, daughter, contributor at NEPA Blogs, 1/3 of NEPA BlogCon and work behind-the-scenes in local TV.

5 Comments

  1. Bryan Says: April 18, 2008 6:12 pm

    Welcome to the sticks. Ain’t country life grand.

  2. M Davies Says: April 18, 2008 6:18 pm

    No, but I wish I had a grand so I could erradicate the ladybug infestation.

  3. stephanie Says: April 19, 2008 1:18 am

    Be glad they aren’t scorpions.

  4. Harold Says: April 19, 2008 9:20 am

    At least you’re guaranteed an Aphid-free house.

    I think they’ll clear out once the weather stays nice, but I’m sure you know all those details from your research. On the downside, I’m not sure what eats ladybugs. I was going to suggest filling your house with frogs, but that might just make things worse.

  5. Lea Says: April 22, 2008 7:43 am

    Wow, sounds bad. I do have some advice for you, though.

    My own nieces were at my house and they are deadly afraid of spiders (much like I used to be). I was sitting at my computer and all of a sudden one of them began screaming bloody murder. “BUUUUUGGGGGGGGGG BUGGGGGGGG BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGG!!!!!!” The other one immediately stopped what she was doing and screamed “WHERE?” then ran over to find a spider, which caused her to shriek “THERE’S A SPIDER!!!!!!” So, the Wonder Woman that I am, I went over to the spider and picked it up in my hand, and told the girls I promise it won’t hurt them. Then I showed them the tiny spider and said it was actually kind of cute and fuzzy (YYYYUUUUCKKKK) Well, it got them to stop screaming, and one of them actually smiled and agreed it was cute. It won’t get rid of their fear immediately, but after a couple times it will help. I encourage you to do this with Gabrielle. Just show her you can hold it without getting hurt, promise it can’t hurt her, and tell her all the good things about it (good luck, eats other annoying bugs to save plants and stuff, and ladybugs are just CUTE (serious about this one)) Just thought I’d share this so the ladybug toss out the house doesn’t have to happen for you so often.

    Let me know how it works out!

    ~Lea

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