I am having a major issue with lady beetles in my very old house. These bugs were released to battle another pest and now they have become a pest! Lady beetles look like ladybugs but are a dark orange. Right now there are about 50 in an upstairs window. Short of spraying a poison or calling an exterminator, I'd appreciate any suggestions.
BellaNell from Pleasant Mt. PA
These type of beetles are a real pest. They love light and come in through windows. If you have a crawl space under your house, get several cans of bug bomb and release it under the house. The can will tell you how far to place them apart. They work great for us and fewer beetles enter the house and it kills off spiders.
Also, you can use a covered jar with Pinesol and water and scoop the few beetles that do make it into the home and put into the jar. The Pinesol kills them quickly and covers over the odor they release. Refrain from using the vacuum to suck them up because their released odor is unhealthy to some people. (04/09/2008)
We have been having a problem with these awful things for several years now. One of the worst things about them is they lay eggs, and next year when the temperatures grow warm, the beetles hatch out. Especially around windows. Those things do bite, and lots of people find they are allergic to them. If you swat them and kill them, they leave behind a nasty smell. Wipe down the window sills and door frames with Tea-Tree Oil. Evidently they don't like this smell, and it kills some of them besides.
Use your vacuum cleaner and just vacuum them right up. You'll have to do this several times in a row to get them all at one time out of one window. You can stuff the hose end of the vacuum with a wadded paper towel to keep them from escaping while you move from one room to another. When finished, throw the entire vacuum cleaner bag away (put it in a ziplock bag, so those pests can't escape into the air). We absolutely hate these Lady Bug Beetles. They were even in our RV and started hatching out little ones as the sun warmed up the windshield, and the windows. Those that got out were all over the exterior of the RV. It looked like measles. Hope this helps you some.
Instead of killing them, check with a local greenhouse to see if they will buy them to sell to other customers.
I used duct tape cut in a strip, and made into a loop with the sticky side out. Then put on a stick (dowel- or yard stick) so you can reach the ceiling. Change when needed. Don't crush them, as they stink. (04/10/2008)
We had a bad problem with those nasty little buggers. We bought and burned small Mulberry candles and put on the window sills. (04/11/2008)
Someone posted this solution one time. Take an empty gallon jug, add some water, dish soap, and vinegar--not sure of the amounts. They will crawl in and not crawl out. (04/11/2008)
I had an exterminator come for the same problem. He said there is no stuff out there. Yes, I have used the spray bottle with soapy water, but then it rains and you do again. (04/11/2008)
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