While most of us are trying to "eliminate" the bugs that are showing up around our windows and walls, one company in Minnesota is letting 144,000 bugs go inside their building.

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144,000 bugs are being released at Minnesota's Mall of America

FUN FACT: There are 30,000 live plants and trees inside the Mall of America.  

Next time you are at the Mall of America, look really closely at those 30,000 plants because little creatures are crawling around in that environment.  Yes, as you are drinking your Caribou Coffee and sitting next to a large tree at Nickelodeon Universe, scrolling through your phone and posting pictures to Facebook, little tiny ladybugs are right next to you.

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Every year, ladybugs are released throughout the plant life at the Mall of America.  Last year, 100,000 bugs were placed gently with the help of Girl Scouts and other friends.  This year is special though because you are invited to help out on Monday, April 22nd for this year's special release day with 144,000 ladybugs.

Come see the ladybugs hard at work in the Mall’s many unique plants, ranging from an orange tree to a pineapple plant! Keep an eye on our Mall of America social channels to learn how to sign up to participate. - Mall of America

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Why are ladybugs released at the Mall of America in Minnesota?

The reason why ladybugs are the bug of choice is because they are like a natural pesticide and helps protect plants from aphids and other nasty pests.

Fun fact: Mall of America is home to more than 30,000 live plants and trees! Some of which include a lemon tree, an orange tree, a pineapple plant, bird of paradise, shrimp plant and many more. Next time you’re in Nickelodeon Universe, be sure to keep an eye out for some of these unique plants. Maybe you will even spot a little ladybug hard at work too! - mallofamerica.com

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