These insects can be a nuisance in some parts of the country. This guide is about getting rid of lady bugs.
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Would anyone know how to get rid of ladybugs? At first I thought they were so pretty, but they have infested my walls and ceilings. I live in the country, but the windows were closed all winter.
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How can you tell the difference between regular lady bugs and the asian lady beetle?
By (Guest Post)03/13/2006
You'll notice on the Asian lady beetles that the legs are a more of a red color where as on the ladybug, the legs are black.
I just went in to wake up my 14 month old from her nap. I opened her blinds and was shocked to see 16 ladybugs all over her window. I live in the mid-atlantic region where it has been cold, but we are having a few days of warm weather. Does anybody have ideas how to rid of these nasty bugs that will not harm my children? My 4 year old wants to keep them as pets! Thanks!
By L Brown (Guest Post)02/10/2009
We live in the pacific northwest and we have a huge ladybug issue . We even bug bombed our house in an effort to get rid of them, after the bomb (and the prescribed amount of time you are supposed to stay out of the house) it was literally raining ladybugs inside! GROSS! I swept them up and had a gallon bag of ladybugs. Gross! Sadly this did not take care of the problem and they are still abundant. HELP!
Who has problems with Asian beetles/ladybugs? They are annoying. How do you handle the problem? Thanks for your help.
I don't have a way to keep those bugs from getting in but one year my house was getting infested with them. I had to vacuum the floor, walls, ceilings, window panes, the openings in the ceilings fans, etc., etc., make sure when you empty out your vacuum cleaner you do it outside as they usually are not dead and can fly back onto everything-including your clothes.
My husband saw a commercial for Natural cures that said that Lavender oil with vinegar can be used to rid the home of Lady bugs (beetles) and now the ever present Box Elder beetles. Did he hear right and if so what is the recipe?
Pat from Waldo, WI
By marie ann (Guest Post)06/24/2006
did the lavender oil and vinegar for the box elder bugs work? what is the recipe?
I found ladybugs in my spare room. Where did they come from and how do I get rid of them? Also what causes that?
By Sharon from East Hampton, NY
A black lite. It attracts them they get in the lite and it kills them. Be sure to check it often it will fill up fast. Just lay it down facing up. It works.
I live in the northeast and I am curious to know if anyone else is having a problem with ladybugs. For the past five years I have been inundated with them in the fall season. Now I am noticing them in the start of the spring season. In the fall they are all over my screens, siding on house, windows, and they get into the house and crawl over textured ceiling. Someone told me they liked the color yellow which is the color of my house. They don't bother my neighbors on either side of me.
Does anyone know why this is happening and how I can control them? I know that generally speaking ladybugs are great for eating other insects, but this is ridiculous. They are all over the inside of my house. Help!
By Cindy S.
Please be happy that you have the ladybugs and not a more worrisome type bothering you. In my state several years ago they released ladybugs to help control the insect population. They did such a good job of that! It became so bad they released an alien looking bug called stink bugs. They are the worst! They get into everything and cling to whatever it is. You can't shake them off. They sneak into your home and buzz by your head. You can't smash them or you have an awful smell. I pick them up with a piece of tissue and flush them. Last year we had a yard sale and they were into every item and in all the boxes. They get into the pockets of clothing, into socks, into purses, and everything. I'll take the ladybugs any day.
I live in the city of Rochester. I need to know the most humane way to get rid of these pesky ladybugs that are invading my apartment. I have told my landlord, but they won't do anything about it. Help me!
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How can I get rid of lady bugs in my house?
Pat from KY
By BJ-Houghton from Lake, MI
By WV lady
Does anyone know what can be used to get rid of Ladybugs? I am especially interested in something that does not involve chemicals since we have a 2 year old in the house.
Betty from Lebanon, KY
They were always out of reach, so I found a stick, dowel rod, yard stick anything long and made an 6-8 inch round of duct tape with the sticky side out stuck to the end and went around collecting them. I could finally reach all the ones I could see. Change the duct tape when needed.
This year I've only seen a few, but other years have really been bad. I live in Western Pennsylvania. Good luck. (10/29/2004)
The Asian lady beetle is considered a harmless nuisance. Imported to the United States in the 1970s to combat aphids that were destroying Southern pecan trees, the Asian lady beetle started spreading west and north and arrived in Minnesota a few years ago.
As nuisance insects go, Asian lady beetles can be particularly irritating. They look like the common, mild-mannered ladybug, but they don`t act like it. They are bigger and bolder with a noticeable bite. Some homeowners complain that the insects stink, and if you don`t get rid of them right away they leave hard-to-remove black specks (guess what that is) on every surface of the house. Some Michigan residents in homes with large beetle numbers have reported allergic reactions, according to a news report.
In their defense, these aphid-eating insects are beneficial in the garden. Entomologists don`t recommend you try to control them outdoors, unless they congregate in huge numbers near entries to the home. In that case, contact an exterminator. Indoors control consists of removing them by hand, broom or vaccuum cleaner. If Asian lady beetles are a problem indoors during late winter or early spring, you need to reduce the number that get into the wall cavities and voids in fall. Seal or repair any obvious spaces, holes or gaps around windows, doors, screens, overhangs, vents, siding and other areas around your home`s exterior. You will have to be thorough because the beetles don't need a big space to enter. (11/05/2004)
Since they are attracted to light, we sprayed everything that reflected the afternoon sun. We repeated the spraying on a regular basis and if it rained, we sprayed again. Nothing can get rid of them entirely, but it sure did help. (11/18/2004)
Install tight-fitting door sweeps or thresholds at the base of all exterior entry doors. Gaps of 1/16 inch or more will permit entry of insects. Seal openings where pipes and wires enter the foundation and siding, for instance, around outdoor faucets, receptacles, gas meters, clothes dryer vents, and telephone/cable TV wires. Holes can be plugged with caulk, cement, urethane expandable foam, steel wool, copper mesh, or other suitable construction sealant. Caulk around windows, doors, chimneys, and fascia boards, etc. using a high quality silicone or acrylic latex caulk. Repair gaps and tears in window and door screens. Repair screens in roof and soffit vents, and in bathroom and kitchen fans. Keep siding, eaves and soffits in good repair, replacing damaged areas if necessary, to keep the exterior walls as insect-proof as possible.
Frequently spraying the beetles that have landed on the side of a house with soapy water will reduce the population considerably. Physical exclusion can be supplemented with a residual insecticide barrier. For insecticides to be effective, they must be applied before insects begin to enter buildings, which is early- to mid- October for multicolored Asian beetles. Be sure the product you intend to use is labeled for use on the exterior of buildings. You may wish to consider hiring a professional pest control service. They have the experience and access to residual insecticides to control lady beetles effectively.
Remove lady beetles found indoors with a broom or vacuum. Indoor insecticide sprays are of very limited benefit. Once lady beetles move into wall voids there is no practical control to prevent them from emerging later during winter or spring. The only control is to remove them as they are seen. (03/16/2005)
By Margie in KS
For those still having problems, I found the link below helpful and educational. Good luck.
By Dutch 1962
We just moved in our new house in August. And it is nearly the end of October and our house has been taken over by a form of ladybugs. I am going crazy, from the time I wake up til the time I go to bed I am constantly dragging the vacuum up and down the stairs.