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Asian lady beetles, box elders look to move in as temperatures cool

Asian lady beetles, box elder bugs...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - As we get closer to winter, you may have noticed a few familiar pests starting to show up.

Asian Lady Beetles and Box Elder bugs have started to pop up across the area. Pest control experts say the insects are looking for a warm place to stay as temperatures start to cool down.

The bugs are mostly harmless, but the Asian Lady Beetle can release an odor when they're startled.

Jim DeBoer of DeBoer Pest Control says there are a couple of do-it-yourself methods to fighting the pests.

"Soap water will kill them, but it takes a lot of it and you've got to reapply it 2, 3 times a day," said DeBoer. "You can try to caulk them out, caulking works better for Box Elders, (but) Asian Lady Beetles, if a window opens, they'll find a way through."

DeBoer says you can also look for specific pesticides to spray on the outside of your house to help keep the bugs from getting into your home.


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