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How to Get Rid Of Ladybugs

As children, everyone used to love these ladybugs. Tales of them bringing good luck were what kept us in awe, and if we ever got our hands on one, we’d put them in jars with leaves and stare at them. With time, these cute little bugs became more of an annoyance. Summer season is at its end, which means that you will see several red dots lining your windows. One or two is fine, but when these bugs start following a path, they tend to get annoying. 

Typically, ladybugs love the warmth of lower elevations in winter season. You might not see them but they are there. When summer approaches, they come out of their hiding spots and dot any surface they can find. Where ladybugs are a farmer’s dream, they are a household owner’s nightmare. Here are some fun facts about lady bugs:

About Ladybugs

According to National Geographic, ladybugs have 5,000 different species and are found all over the world. They are also known as lady beetles but there is still a difference between the two names. You can spot a true ladybug by the seven black spots on its shell and the shiny red color. The reason why farmers love having ladybugs all over their land is because they are a natural pest control option. Ladybugs eat aphids and plant-eating pests. So, how do they migrate to your home?

From spring till fall, ladybugs can be found out and about. The more pleasant the season, the more active they are. As soon as winter approaches, they get under rocks, in rotting logs and inside houses. No matter how cute they might seem, ladybugs can be really annoying. To help you get rid of them for good, here are some home remedies that you can try:

Nine Remedies to Get Rid of Ladybugs

Menthol and Camphor Spray

There are certain bugs and insects that do not like toxic smells. Toxic chemicals such as menthol and camphor are particularly disliked by ladybugs. There are two ways to utilize these chemicals in order to chase away ladybugs:

  1. Mix an equal amount of menthol and camphor with water and pour it into a spray bottle (Spray around the area where the ladybugs usually hide. The strong smell will drive them out and you can easily catch them)

  2. If you have a humidifier or one of those Vick's “Vapor” products, then add some menthol to it and keep it where the ladybugs are hiding (Sprinkle some menthol outside as well, so that ladybugs don’t enter the house in the first place)

Boric Acid

Borax is a chemical powder, which is also effective in driving ladybugs out of the house. The aim here is to catch ladybugs, not kill them. When a ladybug comes in danger, it secretes a foul smelling substance from its joints. This smell warns other ladybugs that there’s danger ahead and they stay away, which makes catching them all the more hard. So, instead of sprinkling it on them, sprinkle it in areas where you have spotted them the most and wait for them to run out.

Citrus Scent

Any scent that has high vapor toxicity is annoying to ladybugs. Have any citrusy scent lying around? Spray it on the windows and lower portions of the house to drive ladybugs out.

Bay Leaves

Add some bay leaves in a net pouch and hang it on the windows. You can even keep it near the openings where you think ladybugs have made a colony. As soon as you see the first ladybug coming out, vacuum it up.

Cloves

The scent of cloves is very strong and drives out ladybugs very fast. Use the same technique as explained for bay leaves and place the pouch where you think ladybugs are making a colony. In addition, sprinkle some clove oil in the areas, so that the smell reaches them faster.

Ammonia

Got any ammonia-based cleaner? Use it to clean doors, windows and other surfaces.

Plant Mums

Powder extracted from mums, also known as chrysanthemums is one of the core ingredients in flea powders, which is why ladybugs hate mums. Plant some mums around the entrance and on window sills. This will keep ladybugs out permanently.

Burn Mulberry Candles

While burning mulberry candles is not a permanent solution, it does help in lowering the infestation. Buy some strong scented mulberry candles, light them and place them on the floor.

Wild Orange Essential Oil

In case you accidentally killed a ladybug, wipe down the surface with wild orange essential oil to mask its smell. This way, you can go right back to catching them without them being warned about the danger.

Use Professional DIY Insecticides For Total Ladybug Control

If all else fails when using home remedies, you can always turn to professional DIY insecticides which we carry here at Solutions Pest & Lawn. At Solutions, we don’t carry inferior brands that you see at your local big box store or supermarket, these are top notch high quality insecticides that professionals equip themselves with when treating a client’s home.

To keep lady bugs from infiltrating your home, there is a product we sell which works well to both kill and repel them off your home called Martins Viper Insecticide Concentrate. This product contains a fast killing active ingredient called cypermethrin which has a great residual effect which can last up to 3 or 4 weeks. We recommend mixing the product inside of a pump sprayer which we also carry.

Just 1 oz of this solution mixed with a gallon of water can give you up to 800 square feet of coverage around your home. That means most homes will require 2-3 gallons of mixed material to get a good protective barrier in place. Another great alternative to use as a barrier around your home is Reclaim IT.

If ladybugs are indoors, One of the best products we have for inside treating them is an aerosol which known as Pyrid. Apply Pyrid by spraying small amounts around windows, door frames and light fixtures. These are common routes of entry for ladybugs. Pyrid can go on “dry” which makes it mess free and it is also odor less. Apply in places you have seen ladybug activity and before you know it you will no longer have ladybugs around.

How to Prevent Ladybug Infestation

A great way to prevent ladybugs from entering your home is to paint the walls  a dark color. Most people don’t go for this option, as they don’t want to go through so much trouble. Since, ladybugs are attracted to light; the dark color will keep them away. As to when winter approaches and if a stray ladybug does get into your house, you can always try any one of the above remedies to get rid of them.

All the remedies mentioned above are purely for driving ladybugs out into the open. Refrain from killing them as their foul smelling odor will stop you from finding out where other ladybugs are hiding.

Conclusion

We hope that this article helped you in identifying the best ways to get rid of ladybugs around your home and yard. If you ever need more DIY pest control, don’t hesitate to reach out to us via phone (800-479-6583) or email (askapro@solutionsstores.com).

 

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