Warm weather keeping ladybugs more active than usual

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Warm December temperatures have kept ladybugs more active than usual around Daviess County.

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1Rb4twy ) reports ladybugs normally look for warmer spots to spend the winter. Annette Meyer Heisdorffer, the extension agent for horticulture with the Daviess County Cooperative Extension Service, says fluctuating weather is likely why ladybugs have been spotted around town more often than usual this season.

Heisdorffer says the tiny beetles are not threatening but they can bite.

She advises residents to patch up holes that beetles can use to enter homes. Once they’re inside, she recommends people vacuum them up. If residents squash the bugs, she says they’ll secrete goo that will leave stains.


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