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...now there are about 25 ladybirds everywhere around my window. What do all of these insects always want from me????

Are they making babies in there? Will they eat my curtains? What shall I do??? I mean only because little girls like them and they've got a fancy name I don't have to live with them, do I?



Note to self: Clean windows when invasion is over.
4th Oct 2007, 14:15   | tags:,,,

Alfie says:

Being allergic to cats and dogs I am of course massively attractive to them, maybe insects are the same for you, and they can smell your F334RR!!

4th Oct 2007, 15:53

what is it with you and attracting insects? i'm sure i remember seeing a fat maggotty thing here somewhere last week or summat?

4th Oct 2007, 16:46

hildegard says:

They're looking for a hibernation spot - a warm (usually south-facing) window frame will provide cracks where they can overwinter in safety.
To provide an alternative, bind together some 8 to 10cm pieces of hollow bamboo & if possible, bind a bit of old mouse nest to it (ladybirds traditionally overwinter in dry mouse nests so the smell attracts them). Put it somewhere sunny & dry outdoors .
They're under pressure all over europe from poor habitat, over-use of insecticides & the aggressive Harlequin Ladybird - anything you can do to get them through the winter is a Good Job.
They're not really interested in coming indoors but if you do have any houseplants suffering from aphids, one of these girls will clean them up nicely. :)

4th Oct 2007, 16:53

Judo-Jule says:

i see. codeword: hybernation.
thanks for that info, hildergard.

they have been busy running around all day but now they seem to be sleeping- most of them inside cracks in the window frame.

i dont think ill be able to get a mouse nest so ill just leave them there. maybe they will fend off spiders. ;-)

4th Oct 2007, 17:24

Judo-Jule says:

will they be fine in my window or do they *need* some bamboo sticks?

I start to like them (as long as thes stay away from my bed!).

4th Oct 2007, 17:34

hildegard says:

They'd *like* hollow sticks (bamboo, angelica stems, thick reed stems - anything hollow) - by the look of the next pic, only a few will fit in the cracks. :)
You can also buy ready-made ladybird houses from garden centres & gardening websites. You could maybe put one on the window ledge until spring or hang it below the window?
To complete their hiberation cycle in real luxury, try to cultivate a nettle patch near to the house - that's where they'll find their early Spring food.

4th Oct 2007, 18:29

Viv says:

what a fount of info hildegard is!

4th Oct 2007, 21:44