November 6, 1998
The "multicolored Asian lady beetle" (Harmonia axyridis), has been a common nuisance in many areas of the eastern U.S. for several years. This lady beetle, like the others, is beneficial as a natural enemy of aphids and other small insects. Unfortunately, this species has the undesirable habit of congregating on the south sides of houses and other buildings and wandering indoors by accident in the fall of the year.
Growing conditions for houseplants are less than ideal during the winter months. Short days and long nights, low relative humidities, and cold drafts can be stressful to many houseplants. Good consistent care, however, should keep them healthy and attractive.