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Trapping lady bugs

trying to block lady bug entrance into cabinIf I had found these new cracks back in the summer I might have been able to block this year's lady bug infestation.

The internet says the only thing to do is vacuum them up, but I can't help but to think there might be an easy, non-toxic way to lure and trap them for relocation to a chicken coop.

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Are they actually lady bugs or those blasted kudzu stink bug?
Comment by Heath Wed Dec 26 16:44:45 2012
Are they actual lady bugs or those stinking Asian variety? Our chickens won't touch the Asian variety.
Comment by Heath Wed Dec 26 16:48:47 2012
Why not put a little bit of netting or an old nylon pantyhose over the vacuum attachment? Then you could vacuum the ladybugs up, then brush them off the nylon into a container? That's how my mom used to get my legos out of the carpet
Comment by Rena Wed Dec 26 17:22:24 2012
Heath --- That was my comment to Mark too. :-) They are indeed the Asian variety and I'm pretty sure the chickens would skip them because of the stink. I'm not sure chickens will even eat non-Asian ladybugs.
Comment by anna Wed Dec 26 17:30:42 2012

We had kudzu bugs bad this year in Georgia. I only every heard of them the year before when I first started seeing them. Yes they taste as bad as they smell, I would say talking when they are swarming around you is not recommended. The taste was something like how muscle rub smells and overly strong mints, I was exposed for almost no time before I started spitting. They group into places to hid for the winter, they like light/bright colors, but I have not found them in the shop/house.

As for lady bugs, red and orange, I find them grouped together around the windows on the inside of the shop. I live in the shop as well not exactly air tight to say the least, but like I said in two years no matter how bad the Kudzu bugs and some walls looked black outside this year, none inside.

When cleaning up, I collect the red and orange lady bugs and put them in a box which I store in a cool spot inside the shop. Come summertime I let them out in the garden. Some leave, some get eaten, some stay and give me a jump on my ladybug population.

Comment by Don G Wed Dec 26 20:37:52 2012
Ahh, the hours my parents have spent vacuuming up ladybugs. I'm so glad that we have so few where we live now.
Comment by Brandy Thu Dec 27 06:29:26 2012

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