Mall of America's aphid population under attack from 72,000 ladybugs
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|At the Megamall and broke? Take some ladybugs home as free souvenirs!|
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So officials have decided to one-up the aphids by releasing a whole shit ton of ladybugs into the mall.
Discovery reports this isn't the first time officials have released ladybugs -- aphids' "natural enemy" -- into the mall. They're viewed as "an alternative to commercial pesticides" and have the virtue of being more interested in chowing aphids than they are in trying to freeload while you're scarfing down Panda Express eggrolls.
If nothing else, the ladybugs' war on aphids will give you something to look for the next time you decide to hole up in the Megamall for days on end.
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