November 11 2007

Asian Beetles

Harmonia AxyridisHarmonia Azyridis may look like a Lady Bug, but… they’re not.

The little bastards bugs were released in this country to control the spread of aphids, but apparently we didn’t keep them in check. Now every fall/winter we’re treated to exploding populations of these flying little bastards. And if you don’t keep up with them, killing them as soon as you see them, you get treated to their enormous reproduction rate.

Why kill them?

However, the fun of killing them? The smell! It’s a defensive measure to keep predators away, but when you pick them off with your hands, you get the lovely smell all over them.

So, my inventive method of getting rid of them? Packing tape. I cut off a strip, walk around the house, tapping them with the tape, and when done, I seal it back on itself and toss it. They’re trapped, no smell on my hands, and they’re gone.

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General Rants


  • So, what are lady bugs?

    I’ve seen only two of these in my house so far (and a couple on the screen windows outside), but the ones in the house… they were already dead. I suppose it’s a good thing. I’m glad I haven’t had to deal with the smell. That’s a great way to deal with them though.

  • They’re another part of the same family, but don’t reproduce at the insane rate.

  • Yeah, the buggers breed in your home. Back in Inagi, living next to a forest, I would always have to deal with them. Every few days, I’d hear a “tick… tick tick… tick… tick TACK tick…” sound. It’d be one of them flying around the ceiling lamp and hitting it with their exoskeletons. Not having an attic or other covered space in my apartment, they would not exist in deluge form as you have, but they would constantly crawl in through the little nooks where my TV wiring led to the outside.