The ladybug is actually quite unladylike. You’ve seen them on the windows, the walls and the attic, probably your food at one point or another; the dreaded ladybug, or lady beetle as it’s scientifically known. They’re infamous for their sheer numbers and their “bites”, which is actually not a bite but an allergic reaction to their main line of defense, a smelly liquid they produce from their bodies. The Asian lady beetle has become a living nightmare in our neck of the woods as of late.
Why do I have them? Similar to stinkbugs & cluster flies, lady beetles are overwintering pests, meaning that they’ll enter homes during the harsh winter months to stay warm. Beginning on a warmer, sunnier day near the beginning of October, the lady beetles will scope out homes that they feel would be suitable to their interior design tastes (or heat needs.) They then scour every part of the home to find entrances, head in and get all comfy-cozy in wall voids and attic space.
How can I help keep them from getting in? We stated it before, with any overwintering pest that exists in this world, proper sealing or caulking is a help, but you may still end up needing professional help.
How do I get rid of them? As is with other overwintering pests, lady beetles are an absolute pain to try and get rid of once they’re in your home. But to make sure that sort of thing doesn’t happen; you can call Budget Pest Control, Inc. to service your home with a safe and effective Ladybug Control & Asian Beetle Control treatment that take down this winged menace before you’ve got a thousand of them hidden amongst your old knick-knacks and holiday decorations.
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- Asian Beetles and Ladybugs typically have a lifespan of about 2-3 years
- Ladybugs are a godsend to farmers because of their tendency to eat plant destroying insects like aphids.
- Ladybugs secret a vile yellow substance from their skin when threatened. This substance deters predators to stay away and learn not to eat the ladybug
Myth: You can tell the age of a ladybug by the spots on its back.
Fact: The number of spots on the back of the ladybug does not actually correlate to their age, but more often to the type of beetle it is.
Myth: All lady bugs are female.
Fact: Ladybugs like most other living things have both male and female organisms within the species.
- The congregation of Lady Beetles on the exterior of home or near ventilation areas of the home. Asian lady beetles are similar to stinkbugs in that they’ll both enter a home for warmth over the winter, usually through any small gaps or crevices around the home. Also check for live or dead beetles in areas of door jambs, weather stripping, window sills, window screens, screen doors or essentially any perforated items around the house.
- As Lady beetles typically are most active in the late summer and fall months, a sickening scent present in areas of insulation or wall voids. When threatened or disturbed, lady beetles will ooze out a combination of different smells/liquids to create a pungent stink cocktail; which some have likened to several other smells including a combo of fresh cut green peppers, different nuts and mold.