Lady Bugs OR....Asian Beetles

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by cluckychick, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. cluckychick

    cluckychick Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
    I've heard that the beetles without the spots are Asian Beetles and they smell funny when you touch them??? I cannot keep them out of my brooder box, even though my chicks do not eat them nor even peck at them. I just find it annoying to see them crawling around the light. Would it hurt to put a piece of plexy glass between the light and the chicks on one side and then just turn the light off on the other?

  2. Ang

    Ang Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    West Central Illinois
    Asian beetles are orange and have a musty smell when you squish them. They also bite. Nasty things! Also they are more round and bigger than a lady bug.
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2008
  3. 2dream

    2dream Songster

    Jan 7, 2008
    Jackson MS
    I am not sure. That does not sound real safe to me. But if you do try it be sure and watch the temp inside that brooder. Less air flow means higher temps. If I were going to try that I would make sure I was going to be able to check the temp every few minutes for several hours.
  4. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Real Ladybird Beetles exude some strange smelling gunk from their knees too...but they don't bite like those others...they're mean!
  5. Godiva

    Godiva Songster

    May 17, 2007
    All lady beetles are very helpful in the yard for eating plant pests. The asian lady beetles have an 'M' or 'W' on their head - they have vaying numbers of spots. THey won't cause any harm to your chicks but blocking ventilation might be a real problem. They can squeeze through the tiniest cracks... Why don't you use some window screen over the gaps if you are really 'bugged' by them! [​IMG]
  6. Zookeeper9000

    Zookeeper9000 Songster

    Mar 1, 2008
    Gladstone MI
    I read somewhere that the chickens love to eat these bugs and they are high in protein. Don't ask me where I read that, does anyone know if this is true. Thanks
  7. newchickwi

    newchickwi In the Brooder

    Jan 13, 2008
    Butternut, WI
    Quote:Boy, I sure hope so! We were overrun with them this fall and I dread what the spring will bring!
  8. hoosier

    hoosier Songster

    Mine refuse to eat them.
  9. Gindee77

    Gindee77 Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    QCA, Illinois
    My chicks won't eat them either, they must know that they taste nasty or something! [​IMG] But boy, if I catch an ant and put it in the brooder...holy cow! They all go crazy on it! [​IMG]
  10. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I watched Obelisk nip the head off an ant and eat the body...

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