Ladybug Look-Alike Moves Into Midlands Homes

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Cayce, SC (WLTX) -- During the cooler months you may notice some unwanted guests looking for a warm place to spend the winter.

The insects look like ladybugs but they are not, they are Asian Lady Beetles.

"A lot of times you will see them up underneath the eaves here where they will get behind the vinyl siding," said David Hill.

Hill is the operations manager at Home Pest Control in Cayce, he says they have seen an increase in calls about the insects that look like ladybugs.

"Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetles have become more of an issue, a lot of times people will see them on the sunny southwest side of their homes," said Hill.

The Asian Lady Beetle is relatively new to the country, the bug was imported and released as early as 1916.

The bugs are about a quarter to a third of an inch long and can be multiple colors from tan to orange to red.

Their heads are characterized as black marks on a white head, while the ladybug is described as having a black head with white cheeks.

Hill says the best way to prevent the bugs is to seal cracks and crevasses around windows, doors, and siding, but if you still have a problem the solution is simple.

"We always recommend first off is vacuuming and then emptying the bag or the canister outside, do not crush them, they will stain walls and floors, but vacuuming is the best way," according to Hill.

Even though the bugs may be a nuisance indoors, it is not recommended to chemically kill the insects because outdoors they do provide help to your plants.

Hill said, "They feed on the aphids that can ruin your shrubs and landscaping so it is not a good idea to kill them off."

Experts say the insects aren't harmful to humans, but they will omit a strange odor and can occasionally bite.

The bites feel more like a pinch, but there hasn't been a bite reported that bled or broke the skin.


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