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Ladybugs and Your Home: Everything You Need to Know

Ladybugs and Your Home: Everything You Need to Know

Ladybugs are typically most people’s favorite type of bugs. They’re much prettier than spiders and other beetles, they’re small, and they seem harmless to us. However, you may have noticed them slowly taking over your home over the last few years, especially in the fall. That’s because they’re seeking protected places to “overwinter” (meaning escape the cold). While some will choose to overwinter under leaves and rocks, many will invade homes in order to find some shelter.

What you need to know about ladybugs

  • Many ladybugs are actually beneficial as they consume plant-eating insects such as aphids, mealybugs, and mites.
  • A few species are destructive and feed on plants, but not the typical ladybug we’re used to.
  • Most species don’t pose any health threats to humans, but they sure can be nuisances! They can cause allergic reactions and asthma in some people, and they also exude a yellow, foul-smelling fluid when they’re alarmed.
  • They gain access into your home through openings as small as ⅛”, and tend to hang out in attics, wall voids, and other protected areas of homes.
  • They don’t sting, but they do bite.
  • Ladybugs have been known to infest wood, destroy fabrics, damage homes, and even eat our food!

How to get rid of ladybugs

While they’re often said to be signs of good luck, ladybugs aren’t pests that we want in our homes. Because they can invade homes quickly and cause severe damage, it’s best to keep them under control just like any bug. Don’t worry, this won’t give you bad luck!

The best way to prevent ladybugs is by eliminating any way for them to enter your home. Check any possible entry point, such as cracks around your homes. You’ll typically find these cracks in windows, doors, pipes, vents, and more. Seal them up with caulk. Replace screens regularly, especially if you notice any tears.

If you’ve already noticed some ladybugs in your home, it’s not too late! The easiest way to get rid of these pests is with a vacuum. Just make sure you empty the contents into a bag, seal it tightly, and dispose of it outside of your home.

What about a ladybug infestation? If you notice a LOT of ladybugs and you just can’t seem to get rid of them all, that’s where we come in. We’ll come visit for a free inspection and quote. Plus, if you have one of our pest control plans already, ladybugs may already be covered, meaning no extra charge for you. Call us today to start eliminating this problem and to talk about your options! 706-979-2536