— excuse me —
(scene of unspeakable lady bug carnage as I get rid of an especially persistent little sucker in the home office)
— anyway, I don’t ever remember this happening (and I’ve lived in Massachusetts all my life) until we painted our old house in Northborough, about 13 years ago. We thought it was just a freak thing, but we’ve been batting them off ever since. The basement in our old house, which was the kids’ playroom, was especially fully of ladybugs looking for a place to winter over. Rather unsuccessfully, because we were always sucking up dessicated ladybugs with the vacuum.
Here, we seem to spend the winter swatting them in the kids’ bathroom. We’ve really given up on finding them cute, you see…
Bonus YouTube clip!