Lady bugs running wild…

Ladybug Repellent
From the August, 2001 issue of Agricultural Research Magazine comes a report about a new, non-toxic ladybug repellent. Asian ladybugs are generally considered good guys to have in the garden, but they like to hibernate in homes during the winter. Gardener’s don’t like killing ladybugs, but also don’t want them staining curtains and walls.

Research has shown that camphor and menthol vapors irritate Asian lady beetles’ chemosensory organs. By adding these oils to overwintering sites, scientists are forcing the beetles to go elsewhere. It may be worth a try in your house.

2 Comments

  1. Avatar Sue said:

    hey thanks for the info Karen- I’ll have to see where it is available around here! I am signing off for the night, I am exhausted and cranky- God is it Friday yet?!

    April 7, 2004
  2. Avatar La said:

    All the other information I have found indicates you have to "control" them before they come in your house- one said to spray down the side of your house in the fall with soapy water and it will help keep them from coming in- the also talk about caulking and making sure cracks are filled so they don’t get in. Most sites don’t want you to kill the bugs (unless you have them by the 100’s then the sentiment is the same). Many simply suggest- the vaccum cleaner (sound familiar).

    April 7, 2004

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