Why lady beetles enter your house in winter and how to keep them out

In Extension Daily, Alabama Cooperative Extension News

by Sarah Buck, Alabama Cooperative Extension Service

When temperatures begin to drop, the multicolored Asian lady beetle makes a move. Believe it or not, it wants to come inside your home. These orange and black ladybugs are notorious for congregating on the sides of buildings during fall months and moving indoors when given the opportunity. Awareness of the multicolored Asian lady beetle and understanding why it invades homes  is key to preventing an infestation before it begins.

As one of the world’s most invasive insects, the Asian lady beetle ( Harmonia azyridis) is often seen as a pest because of its tendency to enter homes, have an unpleasant odor and leave stains on fabrics or walls. Although the beetle can be a pest, it also serves a valuable role in the environment. Continue reading

New online IPM training tools for teachers

Staff education is crucial for school IPM program success. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has created two free online training modules for teachers to learn the basics of IPM and their roles. Some facts contained in the modules are specific to laws in Texas, but much of the information can be applied in any location.

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Don’t Bug Me Webinars

Learn How to Manage Ants and Other Pests Via Don’t Bug Me Webinars

Got ants?  Tired of ladybug invasions in the fall?  Brought home bed bugs from your last trip? Alabama Cooperative Extension professionals will moderate a free webinar series that will take on all of these topics. In 2013, most of the webinars will be on fire ants and other invasive ant species.  Other topics for the year include bed bugs and various insects that invade homes each autumn.

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Lady Beetle Diet Influences Its Effectiveness as Biocontrol Agent

By Sharon Durham
January 11, 2013

By examining what lady beetles eat, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are learning more about the movement of these beneficial insects in farm fields—and whether they’ll actively feed on crop pests.

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