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72,000 Ladybugs Released Inside Mall of America On Earth Day In Place Of Pesticides
http://www.ibtimes.com/72000-ladybugs-released-inside-mall-america-earth-day-place-pesticides-photo-1212811 ^ | April 24 2013 | Rebecka Schumann

Posted on 04/25/2013 7:33:32 PM PDT by Daffynition

What sounds like an April Fools’ Day prank was actually intentional -- the Mall of America celebrated Earth Day on Monday by voluntarily releasing 72,000 ladybugs into its indoor shopping facility.

The ladybugs were released in the Minneapolis mall in an effort to protect the large amounts of the mall's greenery, which are usually plagued by aphids.

Mall of America Senior Manager of Environmental Services Lydell Newby told Kare 11 that the bugs take the place of commonly used pesticides to control pests that would otherwise eat away at the mall's tropical plants.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Gardening; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: ladybug; sourcetitlenoturl
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1 posted on 04/25/2013 7:33:32 PM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

Meh, its just ladybugs.

I got no issues with it.


2 posted on 04/25/2013 7:35:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

I love ladybugs.

Ours got “displaced” by those weird Asian ladybug imposters that bite.


3 posted on 04/25/2013 7:37:03 PM PDT by Salamander (Freeps With Boas)
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To: cripplecreek

Pretty nasty when they bite though.


4 posted on 04/25/2013 7:38:19 PM PDT by deweyfrank
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To: Daffynition

Where’s PETA? This is obvious insect abuse.


5 posted on 04/25/2013 7:39:02 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Daffynition

This seems to be a logical, intelligent, and cost saving solution to the problem. Some liberal will probably find a way to ruin it.


6 posted on 04/25/2013 7:39:26 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: deweyfrank

Native ladybugs don’t bite. Its the illegal alien bugs that bite.


7 posted on 04/25/2013 7:39:46 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Daffynition

I just wonder what the unintended consequences will be... Like clogged air vents, etc.

There are always unintended consequences. Some are truly funny, some are destructive. Occasionally, they are both.


8 posted on 04/25/2013 7:40:32 PM PDT by MortMan (Disarming the sheep only emboldens the wolves.)
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To: deweyfrank
Pretty nasty when they bite though.

Don't piss them off.

9 posted on 04/25/2013 7:41:29 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Daffynition

Are they paid full union wages and bennies....


10 posted on 04/25/2013 7:41:53 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: Daffynition

I get those nasty orange ones in my house occasionally. My cat tries to eat them but I won’t let her. I throw them out.


11 posted on 04/25/2013 7:43:30 PM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Shouldn’t these bugs be renamed to be more gender neutral?


12 posted on 04/25/2013 7:43:54 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Daffynition

I was out mushrooming in the woods one warm spring day when I came upon mounded heaps of of ladybugs, so I scooped them up into a 5 gallon bucket (and it was full) and took them home and sprinkled them over my roses, yard and garden.

It was 3 years before I saw aphids on the roses again. Those ladybugs really did a number on the local population of aphids.


13 posted on 04/25/2013 7:45:37 PM PDT by Valpal1
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To: Daffynition

They will regret this. Stupid.

Screw “Earth Day”. Commie day more like it.


14 posted on 04/25/2013 7:46:21 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Daffynition

Get some lacewings in there, too!


15 posted on 04/25/2013 7:47:07 PM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: cripplecreek
We must have the illigal ones around here then. LOL
16 posted on 04/25/2013 7:47:44 PM PDT by deweyfrank
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To: Valpal1

My grandmother used to buy them to keep aphids out of her roses and raspberries.


17 posted on 04/25/2013 7:48:43 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Have you ever been infested by ladybugs?

My uncle’s home is every late winter/spring. It’s unbelievable. Plagues. Like the window scenes in Amityville Horror.

They may help aphids but indoors, they will start overwhelming certain things, and dying all over the place, to boot.


18 posted on 04/25/2013 7:49:12 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Daffynition

Ants farm aphids. They attack anything that threatens their livestock. I bought ladybugs only to see the ants kill them before they ever had a chance to kill aphids.


19 posted on 04/25/2013 7:55:36 PM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Daffynition

All good, until they end up clogging up the ventilation fans/filters. I’m sure all of those ladybugs will attract a lot of birds and other predatory varmints to further infest the mall.

(insert gratuitous Jurassic Park and WKRP turkey drop hubris reference quotes.)


20 posted on 04/25/2013 7:57:34 PM PDT by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

“My uncle’s home is every late winter/spring. It’s unbelievable. Plagues. Like the window scenes in Amityville Horror.”
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Sounds nasty!

Here in the northern Utah, each fall brings the pesky Box Elder Bug.


21 posted on 04/25/2013 7:57:49 PM PDT by Artcore
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To: Daffynition

Hey, It works.


22 posted on 04/25/2013 7:59:40 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked 50c)
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To: Artcore

Mind you this infestation problem never occurred in western MD until about 20 years ago.

As for your boxelders, we have some, but the weirdest thing was years ago when we went looking for a new house. ONE house, only one, was INFESTED with them - all around outside of the front door. I have never seen that anywhere else, since, either.

Basically I like ladybugs, but when you go to my uncle’s and our neighboring 2nd house, you’ll get the willies. It’s bizarre.


23 posted on 04/25/2013 8:02:19 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: cripplecreek

...yes,indeed! - good catch.


24 posted on 04/25/2013 8:03:30 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: Daffynition

Do ladybugs carry salmonella?


25 posted on 04/25/2013 8:07:36 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel
This year was especially bad for the boxelders out here. Usually they die off in the latter part of fall; this year they were hanging out in people's homes all winter long. Very strange year!

I hear what your saying about ladybugs. A few are fine...even cute, but when there are infestations, that's altogether different.

26 posted on 04/25/2013 8:07:44 PM PDT by Artcore
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To: Daffynition

that will smwll nice when they begin dying and decomposing-


27 posted on 04/25/2013 8:22:18 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: Salamander

[[Ours got “displaced” by those weird Asian ladybug imposters that bite.]]

I heard that the left want to grant them immunity


28 posted on 04/25/2013 8:23:01 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: Daffynition

The swarm became self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time.


29 posted on 04/25/2013 8:23:14 PM PDT by TChad (Call them Oppressives, not Progressives)
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To: cripplecreek
Shouldn’t these bugs be renamed to be more gender neutral?
-lol- Personbugs?
30 posted on 04/25/2013 8:29:51 PM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: Daffynition

it works. Green lacewings, trichogramma wasps, praying mantises, beneficial nematodes. dirtdoctor.com is our local guy.


31 posted on 04/25/2013 8:33:58 PM PDT by manic4organic (It was nice knowing you, America.)
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To: deweyfrank

A Møøse once bit my sister ...

Well it would have, if I had a sister.


32 posted on 04/25/2013 8:42:03 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Daffynition

The Food Court was a mess and many of them were stepped on, bloodying up the floors


33 posted on 04/25/2013 8:46:33 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Daffynition

I was kidding


34 posted on 04/25/2013 8:46:46 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

I would have gotten some food put a lady bug in it and demanded that they give me free food and keep repeating until the food kiosk owners started thumping whomever thought this was a good idea...


35 posted on 04/25/2013 8:54:45 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Daffynition

Fine by me. I like lady bugs and a reduction on the use of pesticides .


36 posted on 04/25/2013 8:57:09 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: CottShop

LOL

[they’re just doing the work that American ladybugs won’t]


37 posted on 04/25/2013 9:06:15 PM PDT by Salamander (Freeps With Boas)
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To: Salamander
Asians feast on aphids too.


38 posted on 04/25/2013 9:37:05 PM PDT by Daffynition (Stand Your Ground)
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To: CottShop
...and end up in the food at the food court.


39 posted on 04/25/2013 9:42:02 PM PDT by Daffynition (Stand Your Ground)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

40 posted on 04/25/2013 9:45:55 PM PDT by Daffynition (Stand Your Ground)
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To: MortMan
Swat teams are standing by.


41 posted on 04/25/2013 9:48:12 PM PDT by Daffynition (Stand Your Ground)
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To: JimSEA

42 posted on 04/25/2013 9:52:11 PM PDT by Daffynition (Stand Your Ground)
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To: anymouse
What could possibly go wrong?


43 posted on 04/25/2013 9:57:18 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Daffynition

Yeah but the little punks stink and bite.

I like my good old fashioned bugs.

:)


44 posted on 04/25/2013 10:02:28 PM PDT by Salamander (Freeps With Boas)
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To: Daffynition
Are there enough aphids in the Mall of America to support 72,000 ladybugs? If not then they've condemned a lot of ladybugs to starvation.
45 posted on 04/25/2013 10:20:31 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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To: fella
Here we go....it's for the children.


46 posted on 04/25/2013 10:57:43 PM PDT by Daffynition (Stand Your Ground)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

The box elder bugs only come where there are box elder TREES and if you don’t control them, the south side of your house will be red with them in spring. Horrid ugly prehistoric looking bugs. Had lots in MT.
Never buy a house with a box elder tree in the yard, or in the neighbors’ yards.


47 posted on 04/25/2013 10:59:19 PM PDT by tinamina
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To: Salamander
I like some of these:

There are quite a few old wives tales or superstitions centered around the cute little ladybug. Here is a rundown on the different believes throughout history and even today on the ladybug.

The Norse believed that the ladybug came to earth by lightning and was connected to the goddess of love and beauty.

Weather and Harvest:

Love, Marriage and Children:

Good Luck:

Bad Luck:

New items:



48 posted on 04/25/2013 11:04:16 PM PDT by Daffynition (Stand Your Ground)
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There are lady bugs and then there are asian imposters which were imported by our government which did not know the difference. Th asian ones were released everywhere as a good aphid killing alternative to pesticides.
The problem is, these bugs are not climatized to USA so what they do is come inside and hibernate in your attic or other warm spots in your house, especially on the South facing side. Once they move in they will always remember your house and I have been in houses where whole inside walls are covered with them. They fly around and they stink, leaving your home with a distinctive odor. They come back every year in fall, come out in the spring to torment your household while hatching youn ones, and then do their job outside in the summer.
I hope the mall and all their customers will not be plagued by the recurrence of this problem for the next umpteen years.
Unintended consequences for sure.


49 posted on 04/25/2013 11:10:35 PM PDT by tinamina
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To: Valpal1
I bought ladybugs for my garden one year and they never left, year after year.
That was a great investment.
50 posted on 04/25/2013 11:12:35 PM PDT by MaxMax
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