What’s bugging you?
MRS THOMPSON is happy to hoover up living ladybirds by the hundred, is she (Letters, March 1)? Will she—and her neighbours—be equally happy to spend time and money dealing with greenfly and blackfly infestations in the garden come summer, I wonder? So much better to sweep the ladybirds up gently and rehome them, leaving Nature to do what she does best. Sue Thomas, Bristol
IN reply to your letter from Lincolnshire, we too have had trouble with ladybirds swarming our house. For the past couple of years, they have gathered in the autumn around the heading of our curtains and windows. At night, they crawl over us—my husband even found one in his ear—and I’m sure that they bite.
I try to collect them in a box and take them to winter in the greenhouse to eat any aphids, but they disappear and again we find them in the house. I used to like ladybirds, but now we regard them as pests. Janet Dawkins, Surrey