Ladybug Infestations: What Homeowners Need To Know
March 29, 2023 - Ladybugs
Author - Tom Miche
It's hard to argue that ladybugs aren't cute, but that doesn't mean you should welcome them in your home. If you aren't careful, what starts as a ladybug or two could quickly become a ladybug infestation.
Please keep reading to learn how these insects can become pests, and contact Miche Pest Control if you need to retake your home from ladybugs.
What Are Ladybugs?
Ladybugs are small beetles with a presence all over the world. There are over 5,000 varieties of this bug, many of which come in different colors. Though the most commonly recognized is red with black spots, some are shades of brown, yellow, or red. There are even ladybugs with stripes.
Though we may find them beautiful, ladybug patterns warn of their toxicity. Predators recognized the colors and patterns in the wild. If you look at a ladybug close up, you may see it secrete a bitter fluid from its legs, its primary defense mechanism.
For the most part, ladybugs aren't dangerous to humans. They trigger allergies in some people and excrete a foul-smelling fluid, but they don't spread diseases like other pests. Still, invasive ladybugs can become a nuisance, so call us at Miche Pest Control immediately to treat the problem.
Lady Bugs Can Invade Properties In Very Large Numbers
While it's not uncommon to find a ladybug or two on a window or doorway, it doesn't take long for more to show up. When a ladybug finds a safe shelter to ride out cold weather (like the inside of a house), it releases a pheromone that lets others know its location. This unique signal can attract ladybugs for years.
Getting rid of ladybugs requires a comprehensive approach to ensure that new "visitors" don't move in. Our Miche Pest Control experts use safe treatments in all areas of your home and will target the core of your infestation.
Factors That Attract Lady Bugs To Your Property
The ideal ladybug habitat is warm and dry. Most infestations occur in autumn for this very reason. However, other factors may attract ladybugs to your property, such as:
Ladybugs love older homes: It's not so much a matter of aesthetics as it is easy to access. Ladybugs love tight spaces and take advantage of cracks or holes in your home's walls.
Ladybugs will look to your garden for a tasty snack: They'll eat mint, parsley, garlic, dandelions, and dill, among others. Some gardeners will grow these plants to intentionally lure ladybugs since they eat other pests.
They're also attracted to light and bright colors: So while repainting your home's exterior to avoid inviting ladybugs is just a tad impractical, limiting the use of lights at night, indoors and out, can help.
If ladybugs find some aspect of your property appealing, they'll find their way into your home sooner or later. During an inspection, our Miche Pest Control pros will show you how ladybugs can get inside and the changes you can make to stop them.
The Best Way To Get Rid Of A Lady Bugs Infestation
You'll be hard-pressed to find a home remedy for ladybugs. Sure, you may succeed in getting rid of some, but it takes much more to keep them from returning. You need professional services from Miche Pest Control if you want surefire solutions.
Our company began in 2019; since then, we've tackled countless pests for homeowners and businesses. In addition to safe and effective pest control solutions, we offer unrivaled customer service to all our clients. Let's work together to get to the root of your pest problems. Call Miche Pest Control today to learn more and schedule an inspection.
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