Ladybirds

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Dottie May

Ladybirds

I've put this topic here because this is where they should be....in the garden! Yesterday it was very warm and sunny and I noticed there were loads of baby Ladybirds on the bedroom inside window cills. Although I don't think they were alive, I scooped them up and put them in the garden. Anyone else had these in the house?

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Chazza

Ladybirds

I have the same problem - do your invaders have slightly more orange spots than the ones we're familiar with? If so they are asian ladybirds which are becoming more common now they are here because they overwinter better than our native ones. And I have discovered how.

They get into the side bits and top bits of double glazed windows, the sunniest windows are their favourites, and they hibernate there, then seem to wake up and head for the warmer option which is generally inside rather than outside.

They're very hard to get rid of but you can evict them with a stiff brush, and if it's winter they will freeze in the cold. By this time of year they'll probably be gone though.

I learned about them in Gardener's World but it took ages to find where they were hiding.

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Welshcookie

Ladybirds

They won't necessarily be alien ladybirds. Native ones hibernate in window frames and surrounds too.

 
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