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Latin name: Coccinellidae
Asian lady beetles are almost similar to our native ladybugs,
but they have colors and spots that vary widely. They resist
cold a lot more and they have no natural predators.
When they feel threatened, they secrete a foul smell.
They are larger than domestic ladybugs (5-8mm)
and they have ” M ” shaped spots on the chest.
It is adapted to survive in many environments so it
has adapted well to north america and multiplied quickly.
It competes with native species and even feeds on their larvae.
In October, thousands of individuals gather and take refuge
in shelters for the winter (hollow trees, piles of leaves, houses attics etc).
The Asian ladybug is not dangerous to humans but its smell is
nauseating and can be troublesome in the house.
It is a very voracious insect, an adult can eat 90-270
aphids per day.
It quickly became the most abundant ladybug species
and threatens the balance of ecosystems.
It can attack fruits such as grapes and can decrease the quality of the harvest.
It is necessary to block the openings in the building structure and
you must apply caulking around doors and windows. You must put screens on
the roof ventilation hatches.
In cases where a house is invaded by hundreds of individuals,
treatments can be applied but they should be administered
by specialists make sure that all sources of infestation are treated.