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How to Get Rid of Ladybugs

Lady Bug Control

Do not let their pretty looks dissuade you from trying to get rid of them. Ladybugs are quite the femme fatale, because one ladybug will try to seduce you with its cuteness and bright looks, but a soon as you let this one slide, it’ll invite all its friends. They are great on the outside, but when temps start dropping they can move inside to over winter and cause big issues.  Sooner than you can imagine, you’ll be looking at a swarm of ladybugs infesting inside your home. Trust us, the cuteness and charm vanishes pretty quickly after that.

The good news is, once you let them know they are not invited in the house, they’ll be gone for good. Well, they are ladies alright, we can give these insects that much.

But before you try to show them the way out, you need to know a little more about them:

All that we need to know about Ladybugs

Ladybugs go through the same lifecycle as that of butterflies. There is the egg stage and then larvae, moving on to pupal, metamorphosis and finally the adult ladybug that we see occasionally (or frequently, if the family of ladybug is living under your roof).  Detecting their presence is not a difficulty either; they are pretty unique with spots in their body. Unbeknownst to many people, they do however differ in colors. Red shell and black spots are not the only colors they come in.  The red part ranges greatly in shades. They are in all sorts of dark and light orange, maroon, yellow and some even have entirely inverted colors, with a black shell and red spots.

The baby ladybugs however look like alligators, and slightly freakish. Look for the ladybug infestation near fire sources inside your home, because these insects come indoors forth sole purpose of seeking warmth.

Ladybugs are not harmful insects, many people even use them as pesticides in their gardens, but the off-putting part about it is that, these ladybugs tend to head indoors during the cold weather to hibernate. And ladybugs like to hibernate in large groups. Which means, pretty soon you have horde of crawling, swarming insects your home that gives you this shivers–cute looks notwithstanding. The presence of a family of insects inside your house alone is reason enough to kick them out. Good thing there are tons of things you can do by yourself to get rid of them.

Some Smart Hacks to Get Rid of the Ladybugs

The good thing about ladybugs is that they don’t really put much of a fight when you are kicking them out. Unlike hornets, wasps and gnats, they won’t attack you and you won’t need a protective gear either -- unless of course, tiny insects crawling on you gives you the creeps.  

Here’s what you can do about them:

  1. Burn Some Scented Candles

There are certain things that ladybugs detest the smell of. Citrus, citronella, clove, and bay leave. You can either find these things or get handy by spreading their smells directly or you can simply find some scented candles and lit it around the house.   Oh wait we cannot stand the smell either, so unless you are intentionally trying to kill 2 birds with one stone, you inlaws and lady bugs.  This is not a good idea.

  1. Diatomaceous Earth

Landscaping professionals vouch for this trick themselves. It has been noted that showering the boundary of the house with food grade diatomaceous earth kills the ladybugs. Diatomaceous contains algae, which effectively penetrates through the exoskeleton of the ladybugs and cause them to die from lack of moisture.   But not exactly the easiest thing to get in the right place, and it is very slow to cause any mortality.

  1. Vacuum

Vacuuming is one of the easiest methods to get rid of ladybugs and effective too. If you vacuum your house daily, or even twice a week, it will work. Just attach the long hose-like nozzle in the vacuum and suck the ladybugs away. Make sure to go into tight spaces where most insects–ladybugs included–like to hide. Once done, throw away the vacuum bag in the dumpster.  Try not to squish them they can stain your walls.

  1. Spray some Lemonade

When life gives you ladybugs, you just need to make some lemonade. As we mentioned earlier, ladybugs hate the smell of citrus and lemon. If you cannot find a scented candle, then merely fill your spray gun bottle with three cups of water and 1/4th cup of lemon juice and pour two tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent too. Close of the lid, shake the ingredients and spray down the ladybugs dead on.

  1. Plant Mums

Another thing about ladybugs’ dislikes is that they don’t like mums. You can plant Mums in little pots around your house, especially the entrances, doors and windows to not just drive the ladybugs away but keep them away for good.   

 

All these home remedies are great, but if we can eliminate them from coming inside, we will be in a better position.

Preventing Ladybugs from Entering Our Homes

If ladybugs are a major nuisance around your neighborhood then you need to seek permanent solution to block their entrance. WHen the evening temps drop, it is time to start thinking about overwintering insects.  

Start working when the winters are near because that’s hibernating season for the ladybugs, Start sealing and blocking every crack, hole and entrance in the house. Remember the bugs don’t need much space to take residence.

Spray an insecticide on the south side of the home, this is where the ladybugs will tend to harbor or find entry.  The time to stop them is when they are trying to get inside, when you start seeing them most likely they were inside all winter.

Even a tiny finger hole will do for them. Also, you can paint your home with dark colors if ladybugs are frequenting your home greatly. This insect gets attracted to brighter and lighter colors, so make sure you are safe on that front. Also, make habit of vacuuming your house daily, as this will take care of any wayward ladybugs.

If you have caught sight of a singular ladybug in your house, then act fast. These pests are pretty good at communicating with each other and throwing off their scent to let others know that they are here. Because ladybugs like to hibernate in groups, others will soon come, flying.  




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