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What's the deal with these ladybug look-alikes?

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The Asian lady beetle can be a nuisance, but it poses no danger. (KTEN) The Asian lady beetle can be a nuisance, but it poses no danger. (KTEN)

Many of you have reached out to us on social media asking about the onslaught of ladybug look-alikes.

Do these little bugs pose a concern?

Experts offer some reassurance; these Asian ladybeetles are only a nuisance.

"They come in to your homes in the winter to seek shelter in your walls or your attics or your living areas," explained Michelle Lillie of Fannin County Master Gardeners. "If they come in contact to humans they can nibble... they're nibblers. But basically, they're just a nuisance.

How do you identify the Asian ladybeetle? "They have a white cover behind their head with with a 'W'-shaped marking," Lillie said. 

The insects were brought to North America in the 1990s as a form of pest control.

"They feed on aphids -- aphids being a small insect pest of a variety of kind of crop plants," explained Austin College biology professor Dr. Steven Goldsmith

The good news is that both Goldsmith and Lillie agree these beetles pose no danger to you or your pets. But they can be aromatic.

"If they're disturbed, they can put off a disagreeable smell," Goldsmith said.

So how do you get rid of them?

"Once they're inside your house, basically you just want to vacuum them up... and dispose of your vacuum bag after, because they will make your vacuum smell."

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