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North Alabama residents see increase in ladybugs

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Ladybugs inside house (Source: Michelle Osborne) Ladybugs inside house (Source: Michelle Osborne)

Residents all over the Tennessee Valley are reporting ladybugs are invading their homes. Many viewers have sent photos of these insects swarming.

A spokesperson for the Huntsville Botanical Garden says these creatures are Asian Ladybugs that are desperately searching for somewhere to live over winter, after a brief cold snap followed by warmer temperatures.

The bugs typically end up in homes when this happens. They are attracted to lighter colored walls and upholstery.  Ladybugs are not harmful, but can be a pest.

"One reason I think we may be seeing more of them is that this summer was so cool and we had a lot more rain. We had a lot more foliage growing and we had a lot more bugs like aphids and other insects out there. They were the food source of these ladybugs and so they bred more," said Harvey Cotten of Huntsville Botanical Gardens.

If you want to get rid of them, experts suggest using a vacuum or a bug trap. However, you won't want to smash them or pick them up because they leave a stain.

And some good news - experts expect this ladybug invasion to last for only another week or two.

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