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.