Is there currently a ladybug plague in Germany? (!!!)
In any case, these small insects can be seen everywhere. There is a reason for that.
They hang from house walls, sit in window frames or crawl around in apartments in the bathtub: at the moment, ladybugs are not only found in gardens and on plants. Whole swarms are currently spreading in completely new habitats.
Ladybird plague 2020: Insects are looking for winter quarters from October
But how does it come about? According to a report by the editorial network Germany (RND), the small insects are currently looking for suitable winter quarters again.
To do this, in October and November – at the beginning of the cold season – they set off in large swarms to warmer regions.
Actually, the ladybirds are mostly drawn to European countries, where the winter is rather mild. Due to the mild autumn days in Germany, the spotted beetles are also looking for a roost here.
Many ladybugs now fly around in swarms in this country. This is particularly noticeable because the insects often rest on their journey – the walls of houses or the windows of apartments, among other things, serve as resting places.
To one or the other, it may seem like a ladybug plague. Because especially if you leave your window open for a few hours, you have to expect the bugs to get lost in the house or apartment. But be careful: the insects cannot overwinter inside the living space, they need cool, frost-free rooms for their winter rest.
The harlequin ladybird from Asia is now more common than the native species in many regions of Germany. In autumn, the beetles sometimes unite to form large swarms in order to look for winter quarters together. Here some have settled down on the photographer’s pants for a break. – Photo: Helge May
Suitable winter quarters for ladybirds are piles of leaves, dead wood, moss blankets, tufts of grass, and cracks in piles of stones. There the beetles stay in their winter quarters until the next spring and lapse into rigidity.
Between March and April, when the temperatures rise, they leave their winter quarters again.
But if you feel disturbed (!!!) by the current accumulations of ladybugs in your own four walls, there are a few simple ways to get rid of the insects. Important: Ladybugs are absolutely harmless to humans – they should not be killed when they are disposed of.
A fly screen can prevent the bugs from nestling in the window frame.
There are also scents that keep the insects away. These include bay leaves, lavender, and vanilla.
By the way: The current plague of ladybirds mainly consists of beetles from Asia. The species of the so-called harlequin ladybird was initially not native to Germany but has spread more and more in recent decades. The appearance of the insects ranges from orange without spots to black with red spots. Its wings are light yellow to dark red.
The Asian ladybug usually has 19 black spots.
The seven-spotted ladybird is primarily native to Germany. In Central Europe alone, he and his relatives do it in over 70 different ways. There are about 6000 species of the ladybird family worldwide.
And I mean...No! I don’t feel bothered and I have a lot of red flying visitors at my house.
Most people talk about the ladybird plague, the media join in as always.
We have destroyed the climate, the seasons are no longer right, most animals lose their concept because of us.
Animals are just trying to adapt to this disaster, to survive, and we call their response “plague”.
I see only one plague, human plague 2020.
What are we doing? We pollute the environment.
We build roads and new settlements over forests and greenery
We are building everything with supermarkets plus fat parking spaces! We produce so much waste that the seas will soon die …
But … we perceive the over-presence of ladybugs as a plague!
We are the most harmful and stupid species on the planet.
My best regards to all, Venus