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I am completely new to gardening and moved into our new/old house in Oct. We noticed the odd ladybird but nothing worth writing about.
In the last two weeks there has been a significant increase in the amount of ladybird activity in out house. I've researched them online and found out they are the Harlequin ladybird which are invading our homes and our own native ladybird. Me and my 2 year old have woken in the morning with the odd bite mark and I have a new baby due in 4 weeks. In the last two weeks, I have tried to seal as many crevices in my bedroom as possible but I'm not sure if they are coming or trying to leave as the weather is getting warmer!
The garden needs an overhaul as it was neglected. It has many plants including a few rose bushes and a couple of apple trees, situated near the house. If I were to get rid of these, would I decrease the aphids and then the ladybird population as I hear aphids are what they feed on?
Please, any help would be welcome!
1. don't panic, they're not dangerous even if they bite
2. lets see a photo to be sure
3 on a warm day open the windows and let them out
4 aphids are part of nature, getting rid of a plant won't change that
Mary. From what I've just been reading they like to hibernate in the house so by sealing up the cracks you're most likely preventing them from escaping. Could you leave windows open when we have warmer days to encourage them to get out promptly? Once Spring hits proper and they're all outside one would imagine you wouldn't find them a problem any more.
I hope baby no. 2 arrives safely x
Are you absolutely, absolutely sure they are Harlequins and not just normal ladybirds?
Please can you post a photo on here. You may be killing 'good' guys.
I don't think ladybirds bite. Could they be fleas biting? Left over from the last owner of the house?
Even our natives bite if cornered Welshonion. A sharp little nip
If you're really anxious - and I know from experience that pregnancy and responsibility for babies can make one really anxious - why not get an insect net for baby's crib etc, while little one is so little. They're jolly useful - we lived in the country when my little ones were small and it kept flies and mosquitoes away and also made sure that the family cat couldn't get into the crib or pram.
available from Amazon and of course, may other places.
Good luck with baby - and with 2 year old too - good age gap
That's a good idea Dove. We have mega mozzies here and have a net. It works
Nut, the idea of 'cornering' a ladybird gave me a good smile. Thank you!
Mary can record your sightings here but i think they have already taken over most parts of England.
hope you solve the prob Mary, and dont forget old windows make new coldframes
Welshoinion, the cornering of a ladybird made me smile too!
Thanks Ed. I had seen it online and will fill it in.
Alan, I'm not too sure what you mean?!
Think Alan was suggesting you might find the time to make something like this!
with a toddler and a new baby! As if???!!!! But you might have a handy Grandfather around or something similar ...........
Haha, Alan, in 5 years time when I get the rest of the things done that need doing in this old house!
Thanks for the link, Dove! They do look great and are a fab idea.