It happens each year around this time. The weather starts getting cooler outside, and the cute little ladybugs swarm your house looking for a warm bed - the window sill, the attic, the ceiling, or worse, your bed. Yuck!
Ladybugs are part of the beetle family. Some of them are cute, and are said to bring good luck to those that find one. Problem is, a ladybug infestation can bring thousands of these unwanted pests into your home. Once it gets that bad, pest control can be a major problem.
Remember the Stink Bug story awhile back? Pennsylvania was infested with them, and people were literally fuming with their stinky mess. Read Stink Bugs and How To Get Rid of Them, just to remind you how bad pest control can be if you let them in.
According to Wikipedia, "Coccinellids are found worldwide, with over 5,000 species described, more than 450 native to North America alone. A few species are pests in North America and Europe, but they are generally considered useful insects as many species feed on aphids or scale insects, which are pests in gardens, agricultural fields, orchards, and similar places."
"The Mall of America, for instance, releases thousands of ladybugs into its indoor park as a natural means of pest control for its gardens. A common myth is that the number of spots on its back indicates its age. This myth is not true."
Read these simple ladybug facts, and you'll know how to get rid of unwanted pests.
How To Get Rid of Ladybugs
- If 4-5 get in, that's fine. Let your kids marvel at how beautiful they are. But if there are hundreds or even thousands, remove them alive if possible, but get rid of them. Don't squish them. They give off a scent to call their friends.
- The best ladybug control is prevention. As it gets cooler outside, ladybugs are looking for accommodations - your nice warm home!
- Replace the weatherstripping and caulking around your doors and windows. Ladybugs are attracted to light colored houses, especially if it's sunny outside and the siding is warm. They'll look for open windows, an open door, or even travel with you on your clothes if you don't notice.
- How do you get rid of ladybugs if they just aren't cute anymore? Controlling ladybugs are easier than getting rid of stink bugs. Get out the big wet vac and suck them up. You can use your household vacuum as well, but try not to disturb them, otherwise they'll let off their sticky yellow blood called "reflex bleeding", and you'll have another mess to clean up. Throw the bag in the garbage.
- If you have a ladybug infestation, call the exterminator. A certified pest controller can do the job better than you can, and help prevent a ladybug infestation next year.
Remember, a few ladybugs are cute. Thousands of ladybugs cease to be cute when they take over your life.
Photo credit: wikipedia
Written by Donna Diegel
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