Ladybugs are NOT cool
March 14, 2007
Every spring and every fall, my house gets infested by ladybugs. Well, “infested” is a strong word — it’s just that dozens, nay, hundreds of ladybugs visit us during those seasons. They take up residence on our southern-facing walls and windows. Which happen to be in the rooms we use the most — our family room, breakfast room, kitchen, screened porch, and playroom.
And every spring and every fall, we’re faced with the problem of, ahem, disposing of these ladybugs. Do we gently remove them and set them free in the wild (only to see them return)? Or do we kill those buggers, one by one, squishing them so that they don’t resurrect themselves?
Yes, they’re cute. My older daughter loves them. “Ladybug” is one of the first compound words she was able to sign. I grew up loving them. I grieved whenever I squished one. They’re colorful and spotty. And they’re cute. Oh yeah, I already said that.
But dang it, they multiply and multiply and multiply! And they’re all over our kitchen window, buzzing in our screened porch, and dive-bombing our poor younger daughter. Time for them to go. “Ladybug! Ladybug! fly away home …” That little nursery rhyme takes on new meaning to me.
I squish ‘em. My partner sets them free. My older daughter points them out to us for whichever action we deem appropriate (and believe me, I have no compunction any longer in squishing ‘em).
I know, this is a tech blog. So, here’s the tie-in:
Is there any low-tech way we can get rid of these ladybugs and keep them away?! Let me know in the comments — PLEASE.