In Central Texas, many residents will be experiencing something that is invading their homes, 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.
“They have a habit of tasting things they land on,” University of Texas entomologist Dr. Alex Wild told KEYE.
As you can guess by the name, Asian lady beetles are not native to Texas or the United States. But the unwanted Japanese beetle was initially introduced to the southern US states back in the 1960s to help with pest control. Now these creatures are terrorizing Texans and invading their homes.
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.
WARNING: Do not squish Asian lady beetles. When they are squished, they release a noxious odor sure to make you retch. They also leave behind a yellow stain on any surface they were’ squished on. Avoid this at all cost.
If you have these “nuisances” ladybug impostors terrorizing you, Dr. Wild suggests a simple solution to remove them – your vacuum cleaner.
Recently in Kansas, a dog, known for chasing bugs around the yard, started sleeping a lot more often and began skipping meals. The pet owner grew concerned, but never expected this…
Suddenly, the dog began foaming at the mouth! The owner was concerned and took the dog to the vet. There, the professionals found the shocking truth. 30-40 Asian lady beetles were hanging off the roof of the dog’s mouth.