Coloradans fight one bug (aphids) with another bug (ladybugs)

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Millions of tiny insects known as ‘ahids are invading communities along Colorado’s Front Range, including a few neighborhoods in Centennial.

In the Parkview community, resident Joette Martin couldn’t believe how many of the sap-sucking bugs showed up in her tree.

“It almost looks like I have cotton balls caught in my tree,” she said.

The insects form into what looks like giant white balls. In reality, they’re devouring the leaves from trees and plants, forcing them to tighten up and die.

“If you look at my leaves, they look like they’ve curled up and look like a bunch of grapes, almost,” she said.

To battle the bugs, Martin decided to use a different bug. According to plant and tree experts, ladybugs like to eat aphids and tend to destroy them naturally.

“[I bought] eight containers of 1,500 ladybugs in each container for a total of 12,000 ladybugs [being] released,” she said.

It takes a while for the ladybugs to make a dent, but eventually they’ll clear up the mess.

There are other options, including chemicals. But Martin figured she would go the natural route first.

Aphids are also referred to as "tree lice."

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