Ladybugs are easily identifiable. They are black with either yellow, orange, or red. They are only a ¼ of an inch long, but can be spotted a mile away due to their bright coloring. They are generally known as a harmless and helpful bug. These beatles are actually good for the garden because they feed on the aphids, which are responsible for causing damage to plants and flowers.
The Problem with Ladybugs
Seeing a ladybug doesn’t usually create the same reaction as seeing a big hairy spider. So what is the problem with them? The issue is when they enter your home. They are attracted to light colored homes and those nestled in a lot of trees. They seek shelter from the cold and usually nest along the side of the house. The ladybugs can get in through the tiniest of cracks. Once they get in, they hibernate for the winter. You may not see them wandering around until the spring when they start to look for a way out.
The first season you see them in your home, it may only be a handful of them, which you assume is no big deal. But that is just how they start. They release a scent that attracts other ladybugs. They congregate in a groups to hibernate; so left untreated, their numbers will grow each year. Before you know it, you’ll have a ladybug infestation to deal with.
Are Ladybugs Harmful?
Although ladybugs do not sting, they have been known to bite when handled. More than anything it is unnerving to see them climbing along your walls and windows. They are attracted to the light from lamps, TVs, and windows. The bigger issue is that they can cause an allergic reaction, which is why most people look for a solution to get rid of them. The other issue with ladybugs in the home is that they leave behind spots of yellow blood that can stain certain materials.
Preventing Ladybug Infestations
Some surroundings are more likely to attract ladybugs than others. Since they are tree-dwellers, those with trees in their yard are more likely to experience an infestation. Once they have entered your home, the best way to handle them is to use a vacuum. But prevention goes a long way and that begins in fall. They can be difficult to locate because they hide in leaves, under rocks, and in other shaded areas.
An exterminator can use a push and pull method to trap them. This involves the use of chemicals to get them out of their hiding spots and traps that use an attractant to capture them. The other way of preventing them from hibernating in your home is to caulk any cracks in the home, repair torn screens, and replace worn-out or broken shingles on the roof.
The idea is to gain control over the situation before the ladybugs congregate in your home with the intention of hibernating through the winter months. A pest control specialist can help minimize the risk of infestation or solve the problem if they have already become household pests.