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If You Think Those Are “Normal” Ladybugs In Your House, The Truth Is Much More Dangerous


Everybody love ladybugs. They are so cute and harmless.

If a swarm of ladybugs invaded your home, you might be perturbed but certainly not terrified.

In Central Texas, many residents will be experiencing something similar. But instead of ladybugs, their homes will become infested with Asian lady beetles.

While these bugs might look similar to the adorable ladybugs, they’re anything but friendly – and they are a nonnative species that stole the ladybug’s looks so they would be accepted.

Since they look so similar, what can really be so different about ladybugs and Asian lady beetles? The truth is terrifying.

While ladybugs are completely harmless, Asian lady beetles bite and try to feed on humans.

“They have a habit of tasting things they land on,” University of Texas entomologist Dr. Alex Wild told KEYE.

Asian Lady Beetles “are attracted to illuminated surfaces” (like sunlit walls) and “are such a nuisance” in many parts of the U.S. come autumn “that they affect quality of life,” the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture wrote online.

If you have these “nuisances” ladybug impostors terrorizing you, Dr. Wild suggests a simple solution to remove them – your vacuum cleaner.


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