Suddenly, they heard a strange clicking noise. They looked at each other, puzzled.
At first they suspected the sound was coming from one of their computers. They checked, but discovered nothing.
They inspected their refrigerator.
Still nothing. Finally, they realized they weren't alone. They glanced toward the ceiling and saw their uninvited guests.
Teague resident Crystal Keller, a junior, has wrangled with the problem since her freshman year on South Campus, where she said the ladybugs were the worst.
Rebecca Casey, the assistant director of housing and residential education, said students all over campus are having to deal with the winged insects, and said that the amount of ladybugs this fall is really no greater than in previous years.
"The ladybugs arrive from all over the Southeast region of the country every year because they are trying to get in from the cold weather," Casey said.
But while many students say the bugs are a nuisance, experts deem ladybugs "beneficial insects" and recommend that pesticides not be used to eliminate the infiltration, she said.