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How to Get Rid of Ladybugs In Your Home

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As soon as spring arrives, you want to get back to your activities, enjoy the sun, watch your plantation bloom and look over birds hovering above your plants. It is fun playing with the lady beetles or even having the tiny creatures crawl on your hand. They are small, red beetles with black spots that protect them from predators. Their colors can help keep away the harmful insects. 

Ladybugs are beneficial insects for you plants as they can help you prevent the harmful insects from coming into your garden and feeding on your vegetation. In fact, for this very reason, the US had to import ladybugs in large numbers to deal with aphid problems on crop fields. Aphids can wipe out entire vegetation on acres of fields, which is why we have ladybugs to the rescue.

According to a report, ladybugs are able to consume 5,000 aphids in one lifetime. They can lay a large amount of eggs and when the eggs hatch, the larvae feed on aphids that can otherwise consume your entire plantation.

Ladybugs lay clustered eggs in aphid colonies because they are close to the food source. As soon as the eggs hatch, the larvae get to work in effectively reducing the aphid population. That is why they have been extremely useful in preventing farmland crops from being consumed entirely.

Therefore, if they are so useful for your garden, why would you want to get rid of them? When winter season is on the way, ladybugs seek shelter and gather in swarms around houses, trying to get in to hibernate through winter. So if there are open spaces around the house, they would easily get into your house and spread to the rest of the area.

Furthermore, if you want to prevent them from coming into your house, proactive measures need to be taken around the house to keep the lady beetles at bay or out where they should be…your garden, maintaining your plantation.

Paint your house a darker color

Have you noticed that ladybugs accumulate around houses that have light paint colors? Yeah so, dark colors may probably help in deterring or warding off ladybugs when you least need them.

Before renovating the house, talk to a professional who can guide you about the right choice of colors, depending on the location of your house and the amount of sunlight that your house is exposed to.

If your house receives a lot of sunlight, darker colors may be ineffective in keeping the house cool during summer. A few people have discovered that dark colors have helped in keeping the beetles at bay.

Trap and release

You could try using light traps to control the infestation. These lights come with customized jars that contain the beetles, which you can release outside and away from your home. For this to work effectively, you may have to dim the other lights to increase visibility of the trap at night.

Apparently, this would help you get rid of beetles that are hovering near the light, not those who are spread around the house.

Seal the entry spaces

Seal all open spaces from where the beetles or pests can potentially get in. Check the holes and cracks in the walls, gaps beneath doors and between windows. This should be done before autumn arrives. One needs to plan ahead to deal with the issue. Beetles can also get in from the holes around cable wires.

You could try using cardboards or newspapers to shield the open space but they are only short term solutions and would have to be replaced every few days, especially during the rainy season.

When you are using temporary solutions, apply repellents on insecticides first then cover the spaces. Cover the gaps in windows with glue and doors with strong rubber or leather strips.  

Clean…clean…clean

Clean the house regularly to clear the infestation. Vacuum and mop the house with anti-bacterial or disinfectant surface cleaners, checking particularly every nook and corner of the house as that’s where insects settle and expand their colonies.

you want to be careful while cleaning the beetles as they tend to excrete yellow blood when the feel threatened, which also alerts other ladybugs. The substance smells unpleasant and leaves stains that can be hard to remove, on walls, floors or surfaces.

When you vacuum them up, release them from the bag outside your house, preferably at a considerable distance.

Deterrents could help

Diatomaceous earth can be an excellent repellent for not just ladybugs but other insects as well. This needs to be applied before winter and every few days since it gets washed off by pets, wind and water. Apply a portion near the open spaces around the house, both inside and outside and repeat when necessary.

You could also use repellent sprays or powder in the target areas, specifically doors and windows and apply them a few times a month to keep the ladybugs out for a longer time.

Sometimes, extreme measures may have to be taken because some species of ladybugs may lead to allergic reactions. You want to keep them away if there are kids or sick people in the house. if the infestation is severe, you may have to begin an insecticide treatment, for which, cover yourself with a  mask and use it when the house is empty. Continue for a few days or weeks until you manage to get rid of them. Otherwise, use methods other than insecticides, in conjunction to keep them at bay.  

Eliminate Lady Bugs With Professional Products With Solutions

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 aerosol. 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.

Conclusion

By following the advice we’ve laid out above, ladybugs should no longer be a problem around your property. 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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