I've recently had a mini-infestation of little creatures in my flat. They look like ladybirds but are smaller, black, with tiny yellowish dots. I get about 3-4 appearing on the walls in my living room every day. I don't know how they get in as I live on the 3rd floor. They don't seem to fly. Does anyone know what they could be?
Slightly off topic, but does anyone have any good ideas on how I can get rid of the caterpillar infestation on my sweet peas without blasting them with chemicals?
Have successfully got rid of the aphids on my roses by companion planting, and would like to try the same sort of method with the caterpillars if possible.
Any ideas much appreciated!
A big powerful hand sprayer, filled with soapy water, is the standard organic response. Works well on the aphids on our tomatoes, but I expect you might need a fairly strong blast to get rid of caterpillars.
Otherwise it's a case of picking them off by hand, or of getting a tame bird (or other predator).
Have tried picking them off by hand but there are just too many...I'll definitely try the soapy water thing, I did the same to get aphids off the roses, but wasn't sure if it worked on everything.