What’s the Difference Between a Ladybug and an Asian Lady Beetle?
Ladybugs are a family of beetles that includes Asian Lady Beetles. They are different from each other, but for our purposes here, either way, we don’t want them overwintering in our space. Multicolored Lady Bugs, also known as Asian Lady Beetles or Lady Beetles, are smoothly oval in shape, with a convex body; they may or may not be marked with spots, but all have a black “M” or “W” marking on their pronotum, the shield that hides their head. While mostly known for their red coloring and black spots, ladybugs vary in color and are often found in shades of tan and orange as well as red.
Why Do I Have Ladybugs in my Home?
Ladybugs are probably the most easily recognized of all insects. There are hundreds of kinds of lady beetles in the United States. Lady beetles are causing some concern among homeowners because of their sheer numbers. Purposefully introduced into the southern United States some years ago to assist in the control of aphids in farm crops, these pests first started appearing in the Upper Midwest in 1998. In 2000, they began invading houses in large numbers. They start infesting homes and buildings in the autumn or fall months as they leave yards and other summer feeding areas in search of a warm place to overwinter.
These beetles are found to be attracted to sunnier areas and will congregate on the southwest sides of a structure. Attics, wall voids, and other protected locations tend to be where they gather and they will gain entry through cracks around doors and windows, behind the siding and other areas that are susceptible to pest infestation. Lady beetles can fit through openings as small as 1/8 inch in size making homes and buildings easily accessible.
Are They Dangerous?
Although ladybugs can be a nuisance when they occur in large numbers, they do not infest wood, destroy fabrics, eat our food, or damage other property. Lady beetles don’t sting, but they do bite. When ladybugs are alarmed, they secrete a strong-smelling yellowish liquid from the joints in their legs, which can leave behind stains. They are not known to carry disease but they are a serious pest of soybeans in Minnesota and other Midwest states.
How Do I Get Rid of Ladybugs?
Keeping them out in the first place is the best cure (more on that later). Once they’ve gotten in, the only solution is to kill them, one at a time, until all of them that have chosen to overwinter in your home are gone. If a large number have gotten in, you can use an insecticide spray and simply vacuum up the dead ones, as so many people can relate to! Contacting Plunkett’s Pest Control before or at the first sign of an infestation is the most effective way to ensure your property is kept free of ladybugs. We can keep all the fall invaders (ladybugs, Box elder bugs, cluster flies) out of your home altogether by wholly treating the outside of your structure, which stops them from landing at all. They simply move on to the next house.
How Soon Can You Get Here?
At Plunkett’s Pest Control, our goal is to help you in the shortest time possible, causing you the least inconvenience, while resolving your ladybug problems in the most cost-effective manner. We make every effort to be with you the same or very next day.
How Can I Prevent Ladybugs in the Future?
Controlling ladybug problems is a difficult task and while sealing cracks and spaces around doors, windows and foundations are helpful, it may not completely deter these nuisance pests. If Ladybugs have infested your property call Plunkett’s Pest Control as soon as you notice them to prevent a larger pest problem.