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    Default Killing harlequin ladybirds

    Anyone know how to get rid of them, we have them gathering in our loft and want rid of them?

    Thanks Helen

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    Why not just ignore them?, i cant see them doing any harm

    they will just be looking for a home for the winter , they do great work of killing greenfly, even better than the std ladybirds do. With all the pesticide bans going on we need all the predators we can get to kill the pests

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    aren't they condidered a pest?

    I have read they are stinky and bite , not sure they are something that I would like to share my home with. I am not talking about one or two but loads of them and I have read they bread really fast too!!

    Wouldn't be bothered if they are outside but not keen on them taking over my house!

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    I have to agree with starloc - they won't eat anything in your loft! Would you have reacted this way if it was the regular 7 spot ladybird? If you really can't stand them why not sweep them up and put them back outside in a warm place where they may hibernate - shed, woodpile etc? However, they found their way in somehow, so you will have to block that off too.

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    I would want to get rid of anything making a home in my loft, especially in large numbers

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    Ladybirds can stink when together in large numbers.
    As for them being "better" than native ladybirds at aphid killing, that may be, but they are an invasive species and though there's not a whole lot we can do to get rid of them, any help they get is another blow against the natives.

    Personally I'd rather see natives than harequins.


    Murphy -I do wonder, how do you know they are harlequins? Some of the forms the harlequin takes can look similar to some natives at a glance.

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    I contacted the lady bird association last year as we had thousands on our runner beans and the man I spoke to there said if you do anything make sure they are harlequins as they are very very simisliar to our natives. better of just leaving them there. Sorry cant help

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    OK- so now I'm really confused????

    I thought Harlequin were invasive and threatened our native species???..why on earth would we want to protect them????...they're a bit like grey squirrels

    Didn't we discuss this a couple of years back- and were actively encouraged to destroy/report them????

    (I've not seen even ONE ladybird here- no matter what type)

    (If I remember correctly- the Harlequins actually feast upon our native lady bird......sorry folks..I'm for the native/underdog here...can't be doing with bullying/dominance of any form)
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