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DON'T LET LADYBUGS BECOME YOUR LANDLORD

September 1, 2016

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As August winds down and the summer begins to fade, ladybugs increase in frequency around the home.

Although they may be cute to look at, ladybugs can often gather in large volumes and quickly create an infestation in your home. We’re here to shed some light on how ladybugs survive, and the best way to prevent a home infestation.

Ladybugs, also known as lady beetles or ladybirds, are a small type of beetle, commonly found with reddish orange shells with black antennae, legs, and heads. With an approximate lifespan of 2 to 3 years, ladybugs survive the winter months by overwintering (also known as hibernating) and consuming their body fat for nutrients.

 

A brief history on the ladybug:

Ladybugs are considered one of the most beneficial beetles, as aphids (plant lice) are their favourite food. In fact, they are known to feed on more than 50 species of aphids, and this is why they were originally brought to America. In 1970, ladybugs were imported from Asia to control crop-eating insects. Today, there are over 450 species of ladybugs in North America. Of those 450 types of ladybugs, only three of them feed on plants. You might have noticed these ones in your garden feeding on your vegetables, shrubs and flowers.

Ladybugs are very good at surviving our harsh Canadian winters. They typically do this by overwintering in a warm place away from the elements of the outdoors, and this is how you might end up with ladybugs in the house. In the fall and winter, you will notice them gathering in large numbers on the hunt for a place to spend the winter. They are attracted to buildings and homes with sunny exposures, and will sneak into any crack, crevice or opening to survive the winter.

 

How do I know if I have a ladybug infestation?

 

How to prevent ladybugs from entering your home:

 

How to get rid of ladybugs in the house:

 

Interesting facts about ladybugs:

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