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Lafayette area faces beetle mania
by Kate Kelty WLFI

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - It might not be Paul and Ringo, but Lafayette is experiencing its own kind of beetle mania.

For the next couple of weeks, you can expect to see swarms of Asian Lady Beetles around homes and buildings.

The beetles were introduced to the United States by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help control aphids in crops.

Insect diagnostician Timothy Gibb said after the fields dry up, the beetles start looking for a place to spend the winter.

He said the infestation is usually triggered by a cold snap followed by three or four warm days.

Gibb said that while the insects can by irritating, they aren't dangerous.

"Truly, they are a nuisance. They don't bite people. They don't destroy foods. They don't hurt homes or pets, but they are a nuisance, especially when they occur by the thousands and they're swarming around where you want to be," Gibb said.

Gibb said there are three ways that can help control the beetles near your home.

He offered these tips:

  • Seal any cracks or crevices, especially by doors or windows
  • Keep doors and windows closed
  • Treat the perimeter of your home with pesticides