Ladybugs in NJ start to swarm

October 22, 2009 5:18:29 AM PDT
Ladybugs in New Jersey are beginning to swarm as they look for a warm place to spend the winter.

State Agriculture Department entomologist Mark Mayer says the Asian lady beetles are typically attracted to light-colored homes and structures. They'll congregate on windows and doors.

Homeowners are advised to make sure their windows and doors are properly caulked so the bugs can't find a way inside.

Officials recommend using a vacuum without a propeller if the beetles swarm in a home. Scientists say ladybugs eat pests to flowers and plants and can give off a foul odor if crushed.

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Information from: The Record of Bergen County, http://www.northjersey.com


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