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Warm weather attracts ladybugs this Fall

Pests experts said the lady bugs are attracted to the sunlight reflecting off of the South or Southwest end of a building.

Posted: Nov. 13, 2017 6:14 PM
Updated: Nov. 13, 2017 8:47 PM

Ladybugs are very common this time of the year because of the weather.

"I have a sky light over my bathtub and there are lady bugs all over my sky light. So, it feels very lucky to me," said Anne Scarbrough.

Anne Scarbrough believes the lady bugs around her home could bring her good luck.

"I like them. I'm happy to see them," Scarbrough said.

Pests experts said the lady bugs are attracted to the sunlight reflecting off of the south or southwest end of a building.

"We've had a very quick shift in the weather. So they're just trying to stay out of the cold. Someone said they don't like to be loners and they like to be together with other lady bugs," Scarbrough said.

Ladybugs cause no harm. They do bite, but it feels more like a pinch. That doesn't scare Scarbrough.

"I had a couple of them on my finger," Scarbrough said.

They like to move into walls, ceilings and attics. They also leave an odor.

The best way to prevent them from getting inside is to seal any cracks around your house. Cover your attics, fireplace chimneys with screen mesh. It's also good to fix any damaged screens on your doors.

"I did read you can vacuum them up or sweep them away. But I haven't thought about getting rid of them," said Scarbrough.

Many times the lady bugs leave a foul smell inside of the vacuum cleaner. It's advised to empty the bags of bugs after each vacuum.

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