Asian lady bugs

I am new to this group and work for a manufacturer of pest control products. I'm doing some research into asian lady bugs -- the ones that become a nuisance inside homes in the cooler fall weather. I know this topic has been discussed on this newsgroup in the past.
What I need to know is the geographic range of the problem in the U.S. and Canada. If you have had a problem with asian lady bugs in your home, could you please respond with your city and state, and any additional information you'd care to provide about your experience. I'm not trying to sell you anything, but it is my hope that we can create a product that will offer relief from this pest.
Thank you for your time,
Stephanie
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They are at Fleetwood, PA 19522
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snipped-for-privacy@rescue.com says... :) I am new to this group and work for a manufacturer of pest control :) products. I'm doing some research into asian lady bugs -- the ones that :) become a nuisance inside homes in the cooler fall weather. I know this :) topic has been discussed on this newsgroup in the past. :) :) What I need to know is the geographic range of the problem in the U.S. :) and Canada. If you have had a problem with asian lady bugs in your :) home, could you please respond with your city and state, and any :) additional information you'd care to provide about your experience. I'm :) not trying to sell you anything, but it is my hope that we can create a :) product that will offer relief from this pest. :) :) Thank you for your time, :) :) Stephanie :) :) I'll get a number of calls in the North Texas area.
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Fred Meyers was selling bags of lady bugs the other day, and I bought one, but I forgot to inquire as to the 'ethnic' origin of them. I hope I got native ones.....

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They are not the same as the lady bugs we grew up with. As kids we said they were good luck if you found one in the house in the winter. Any time I got one on me I always blew it away gently, now I smash it with disgust.
Hopefully they are not selling the Asian beetles by the bag full. If they are let me know, I have millions of them in the fall and could start a new business. From what I have read they were brought here to this country to assist apple orchards insect problems
I am in Minnesota and regularly have millions and millions of them on my house. Anyone along the Mississippi river says the same thing. They do seem to have cycles, one year we had every inch of the house covered with them, the next 2 or 3 yrs we have only half the house covered.
Does anyone know if the regular old lady bugs are still around? The kind that are "fun" bugs. I wonder if they interbreed with the Asian variety?

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Stephanie wrote:

How thoughtful of you Stephanie.
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Central Iowa...sounds like all of Iowa as well. We were told that they were brought into the country to control soybean aphids. Also heard that they have a three year cycle and should be gone after this year, but that may be a rumor (although I hope it's correct!!). They are quite a nuisance in the home. The only way I've been able to get rid of them is to vacuum them and they smell horrible!

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Jen Badger wrote:

They can completely RUIN wine. It only takes a couple of them in a ton of crushed grapes to completely make the wine undrinkable. They secrete a very terrible smelly substance when threatened or crushed. They have a tendancy to hide out in grapes that have been penterated by other insects such as wasps. They are a MAJOR concern to grape growers and wine makers.
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Fisherville, ON, Canada. N0A 1G0

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You might look at publication I did on this Coccinellid, Harmonia axyridis. See BioControl 6:232-237. 1996. "Field Observations on ..."
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In Quincy, MI. for about 4 years now. Had to break down and spray(
know, not a good gardener) to kill them they were so think in th house. I'm talking hundreds of thousands of them!!
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Before you put too much time into your research, check what products are already out there for these pesky critters. The Extension here in Wisconsin has a great factsheet on them: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/wihort/gardenfacts/XHT1050.pdf .
And, they've been around here, Wisconsin, Zone 5, since @ '95.
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a lady bug, save an aphid!
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