First time I seen an Asian Beetle was fall of 2001 in very urban Minneapolis, MN.
There was about 5 of them hanging around my kitchen light- I just thought they were sick lady bugs or they needed more sun like a tomato or something.
Then I moved down to southern MN in 2003,...very close to Iowa!
I lived in an old farm house surrounded by corn fields.
There were tons of them! Every spring & fall...more so in the fall.
2005 was the worst I ever seen the whole sunny side of the house was covered! They'd get in the house all we could do was vacuum the suckers! They seem to like where it's warm(attracted to lights)... then when it's cold them seem to huddle together in corners- strange.
They can squeeze through the smallest gaps-sometimes it seems like they can even squeeze through cracks!
Every one I knew around southern MN kept calling them Japanese Beatles, till I finally seen bug killer for Asian Beatles.
The last 2 years they haven't been as bad. I live in a more urban area now still in southern MN, but still next to a couple of fields.
This year I just see one now and then in the house. Had a few fly out of the wall when I was re insulating this year. I think we've had less because the weather has been different the past 2 years.
They don't bite often, but they do bite and it hurts(only short time).
And I agree the smell is nasty and can't stand the yellow toxin stuff that stains.
The worst was when one landed on the rim of my pop and I unknowingly went to take a drink and that stuff got on my lip- tastes just as bad as it smells. Or the worst could be this past spring when I caught 2 on my ceiling doing something that should only be seen on Animal Planet!- They were goners really fast!
Luckily they are easy to find if they get in your house- to get rid of them.
This year we've got lots of box elder bugs. A few times this year I seen one on the ceiling and thought it was a big spider.
I know they're harmless but they remind me of what I think a roach would act like- just creeps me out.
Has anyone seen a real Ladybug lately or are they on the endangered species list or something?- I should check!
Tempo works great and is approved for use in schools and restaurants as far as I heard. My uncle uses Tempo II, but he still gets daddy long legs for some reason. I'd like to get some, but still would feel like I was messing with mother nature or something.
Although I used Mycodex after dog-sitting summer 06 to get rid of the fleas. Spray on the carpet and kills any bug that walks on it for 3-4 months and is safe for kids and pets after it dries. It kept the spiders we were getting in check and haven't really had a problem since(now we use moth balls too!).
Gotta get going especially after writing this column!