Subject: Looks like a pentagon Lady bug
Location: North Carolina
September 24, 2012 9:44 am
Hi. We live in North Carolina, and about a week ago, our house became covered in thousands of small flying insects about the size of a ladybug, but angular, like a pentagon, and brown. We cannot even open our back door, for fear all the bugs hanging out there will swarm into our house! They do not seem to bite, but I don’t want them inside, and I can’t get them to leave my doors and windows alone.
Signature: Hiding inside during beautiful weather
Dear Hiding inside during beautiful weather,
You have been inundated by Lablab Bugs or Bean Pataspids, an invasive species recently introduced to the U.S. from Asia. They have the potential to become serious agricultural pests since they feed on soybeans and other legumes, however, their preferred food is the invasive kudzu. According to BugGuide: “may invade homes in large numbers; may become a household pest.”