Not In My House: Ladybug Prevention

Ladybugs in my home

While ladybugs have a reputation for being whimsical or even cute, they quickly lose their allure when they infest your home. Also called lady beetles or ladybird beetles, these bright beetles live on every continent with the exception of Antarctica. It's common for one or two ladybugs to find their way into your home nearly anywhere, but infestations are most common in regions with colder winter months. In this blog post, we'll share the most common causes of ladybug infestations, how to get rid of ladybugs in your home, and how McDuffie Pest Control can help.

Ladybug Infestation Causes

Wondering what attracts ladybugs to your home? The single most attractive offering is heat during cold winter months. When the temperature begins dropping outside, ladybugs - much like other pests - begin looking for a warmer place to shelter and hibernate until spring arrives. If your home allows them entry through cracks in the foundation, siding crevices, gaps in door jams, or other openings. You can help prevent a ladybug infestation by making any necessary repairs to your home before the temperature begins dropping during the fall and winter, by cleaning with citrus oil, which repels ladybugs, and by planting mums, cloves, and bay leaves around the exterior of your home.

How To Get Rid of Ladybugs

Once you have an infestation, getting rid of ladybugs in your home can be multifaceted and challenging. You'll want to focus on both preventing additional ladybugs from entering your home and addressing those already in the home.

  1. Seal all unwanted points of entry, like cracks and crevices in the foundation or siding of your home.
  2. Spray a ladybug repellent. Citronella, mint, and peppermint essential oil are known to make effective ladybug spray.
  3. Place a ladybug house in your hard to provide them with a safe place to hibernate outside of your home.
  4. Use a vacuum with a hose to physically remove ladybugs, keeping in mind that they may live through the process and need releasing back outside.

You might also find a bug bomb or other pesticide designed to address ladybugs at your local hardware store, but it's important to note that many of these products require special home preparation and may not be safe for children or pets. Be sure to read and follow all instructions before using these products, or if at all possible, avoid using them altogether.

Contact McDuffie Pest Control

In many cases, addressing an infestation proves to be difficult without professional help. That's where the team at family-owned and operated McDuffie Pest Control comes in! We're experts in safe, humane pest control and help eliminate the current ladybug infestation from your home and take necessary steps to prevent those pesky insects from finding their way back in next winter. Ready for help? You can reach us by phone (800-441-8278), email (info@mcduffiepest.com), or through our online contact form today to get started.

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