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GETTING RID OF LADYBUGS
April 20, 2016
Categories: Common Pests, Country Services, Lady Bugs, Infestations
So what do you know about ladybugs? A lady bug is a small beetle with a reddish orange shell, black antennae, head, and legs. Also known as ladybirds or lady beetles, they are commonly found in trees, crops, and gardens looking for aphids to eat. Aphids are lady bugs’ favourite food and the reason why they were brought over from Asia in 1970 (to control crop-eating insects.)
These tiny pests have become experts at surviving our harsh Ontario winters and being a nuisance in the winter, spring and fall, especially for those living in rural and country areas. Ladybugs find a protective building to spend their winters in, and sometimes wake up to roam on warmer winter days.
Clients often call us asking, “How do I get rid of ladybugs in my house?”
Once they enter your house, it can be very difficult to get rid of ladybugs. They typically hibernate in large groups, by releasing a pheromone that attracts other ladybugs around them. This pheromone can last for a couple of years, making ladybugs revisit the same places from generation to generation. Infestations can grow to incredible numbers. They truly are the unwanted repeat house-guest.
To prevent ladybugs from choosing your house for overwintering and to help prevent an infestation follow these tips:
Fix any holes or punctures in all screen doors and windows
Secure the caulking around doors and windows
Seal any cracks or crevices along the foundation of your house
Plug any holes in your roofing, vents or attic walls
Ladybugs are known to release a yellowish secretion when they are disrupted. This substance can have a smell to it and stain some fabric surfaces. Therefore if you see a ladybug, get rid of it by sweeping or vacuuming them. If you are looking to release ladybugs back outdoors, simply take off the hose of your vacuum, place a piece of paper towel on the end of the hose before screwing it back in place. the paper towel will act as a trap, not allowing the lady bug’s into the vacuum’s canister. You can then release the hose and the paper towel and let the ladybugs free outdoors.
We often get asked about the effectiveness of home remedies. When it comes to ladybugs, home remedies just do not cut it. Contracting a professional pest control expert is the most effective and successful way to evaluate where ladybugs are entering your home, determine where these pests are staying during the winter months and help you rid them for good.
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