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Ladybugs may seem harmless, but they can be serious pests in late fall and winter. These beetles are part of the Coccinellidae family. At the minimum, they’re 1/32th of an inch but they can reach half an inch at the maximum. Most ladybugs are scarlet, yellow, or orange. Their wing covers will feature small black dots. The remaining body parts are black. Researchers have identified more than 5,000 ladybug species in the world. However, only 450 or so are native to North America. Most of these pests are harmless, but a few are classified as pests.
Ladybugs are beneficial because they can help reduce the aphid population around gardens and farms. Staff at the Mall of America often release ladybugs so they can control garden pests.
Most species of ladybug are harmless and benign. However, there are a few pest species. The most notable pest species were introduced to the United States during the 20th century. They were released in the US as a way to control the aphid population around farms. Although they were helpful, they ended up creating other problems. The ladybugs found ways to survive the winter weather so the ladybug population expanded rapidly.
Health Hazards & Ladybugs
Ladybugs are not dangerous to anyone. There is a rumor that one species can nip your skin, but this isn’t a common occurrence. When you encounter ladybugs, you don’t need to worry about them biting you or making you sick. Still, they’re messy and you’ll be forced to clean up their mess.
Removing A Ladybug Infestation
After ladybugs are found in your home, it is time to find a way to get rid of them. Thankfully, there are several ways to achieve this goal. First and foremost, you can wait for them to leave. Ladybugs are overwintering pests. Therefore, they’ll enter your home in the fall and leave in spring. Alternatively, you can try sucking them up using your vacuum cleaner. Finally, you’ll want to call us. Our ladybug program can provide consistently reliable results for all of our clients.
Dealing with a ladybug infestation on your own may seem wise, but it might not be. The problem is that ladybugs are not easy to eliminate. Once they’ve entered a dwelling, they’ll stay put until the temperatures rise. You’ll also want to avoid exposing yourself to the dangers of pesticides. They might help, but it is best to protect your health.
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Only Safe Methods
We know how much you want to protect the people you love. We’re here to help. Our technicians are skilled and experienced. They know how to solve this issue while minimizing any risks. Our EPA-registered products won’t expose you to any risks.
Preventing Future Issues
Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do. The only thing you can do is make sure that your home’s exterior walls are sealed. Fill any gaps, crevices, holes, and cracks you find.