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Getting Rid of Ladybugs

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


Getting Rid of Ladybugs

I used to be happy when I saw lady bugs, but after being flooded with

them for several years and even in the winter in the house I learned

to hate them. They stink and bite.

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)

By chml

Getting Rid of Ladybugs

Here's some info about that other bug that resembles the ladybug

except that it bites, or rather, tastes us:

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.


By mommyb

Bay Leaves For Lady Bugs

I have a suggestion for eradicating the red or gold ladybugs, which

works for me. I scatter bay leaves around, on window sills, any

where they can sit. I do this yearly around this time and am not

bothered by the pesky bugs. I don't know if they don't like the

smell or what.

By Grammamare (11/09/2004)

By profile=ver1000140">ThriftyFun

Getting Rid of Ladybugs

Lowes sells a product called Hot Shot it is around $8 and if you hang

one of those over your door the lady bugs will not come in the house.

Since I have had mine I have not seen many spiders either.
Nan in

Northwest IA (11/10/2004)

By Nancy.

Getting Rid of Ladybugs

Burn Mulberry scented candles. They hate the smell and will leave

your house. (11/17/2004)

By Carolyn

Getting Rid of Ladybugs

I used to live in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and each October

lady bugs swarmed in the millions. Our house was white and seemed to

draw them worse than darker homes. Since we were just a few miles

from the National Park, my husband spoke with a park ranger who

recommended that we purchase a sprayer, fill it with liquid

diswashing detergent, dilute it by about half and spray the outside

of the house thoroughly, especially the side that received the

afternoon sun.

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)

By Alice

Getting Rid of Ladybugs

This product works good on Asian beetles, which work in soybean

fields eating aphids, until there is no more aphids then they want to

migrate in the house. Your local hardware store or agri-center should

carry this or can get it for you. This a very good product, its called

Tempo, its a liquid you add to water and spray all around on your

house on the bugs directly or indirectly does not matter, safe to

spray inside your house also, will not harm pets or humans, it has a

residual so one spraying lasts for a few weeks. It does work, only had

a few this year the rest laid outside in piles dead. This product is

also good for crickets and many other annoying bugs. (03/16/2005)

By profile=thr735926">farmboyfromsd

Getting Rid of Ladybugs

Prevention is the most effective step in managing lady beetles. Check

the outside of your home for spaces and cracks that may allow insects

easy entry. Make any necessary repairs by the end of September.

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.


By Margie in KS

Getting Rid of Ladybugs

I had ladybugs like mad in our new home. I went into the hardware one

day and told them I wished I could find something for ladybugs. They

told me Revenge Bug Strips.Two days after I put them up, I was

finding dead bugs all over. Within a week I wasn't even finding them.

These strips really stink, but they work like crazy. No more lady

bugs. Mine only lasted about 2 months, but I didn't mind buying them

again, they really work. I got them at the Local True Value Hardware.
I am sure they are available in other lawn and garden stores also.
Hope this helps you. (03/15/2006)

By profile=thr571728">pipolota

Getting Rid of Ladybugs

Don't be ridiculous, Mr. Shrimpp. These people don't want to

eradicate ladybugs from the entire planet, they just don't want them

inside their homes in hordes. There are millions of insects, animals,

birds, even reptiles that are good for our ecosystems, but that we

don't want to habitate with us inside our homes. Would you want

hundreds of garden snakes slithering around inside your house?

For those still having problems, I found the link below helpful

and educational. Good luck.


By ladybugproblem

Getting Rid of Ladybugs

I just got these strips yesterday, "Pro Zap" and hung one in the

attic, 2nd floor bathroom and kitchen since those were my worse

areas. There were 100's of lady bugs and when I got up this morning I

had to start vacuuming up all the dead lady bugs. I got mine at our

local feed store, but I'm sure that hardware stores and probably

Walmart would have them. I have 2 dogs and didn't want anything that

might harm them and this is working great. Pine sol and lemon scented

Mr. Clean don't work. (04/10/2008)

By Jill

Getting Rid of Ladybugs

I'm going to build one of these traps. (04/10/2008)

By Joe

Getting Rid of Ladybugs

Put a clean vacuum bag in vacuum cleaner, vacuum them up, then put

a Ziploc baggy over the vacuum bag hole and allow them to go into

there (vacuuming only stuns them not kill them) zip the bag shut. Now

sell or give them to a farmer or sell them on eBay, or freeze them

now and thaw them in the spring and put them on your plants. Lady

bugs (the red and black ones) and lady beetles (the orange and black

ones) are both harmless and kill the aphids that eat plants in your

garden and on farms. (07/12/2009)

By profile=thr597260">canyon

Getting Rid of Ladybugs

Seal them out with caulk, the south side of the house will be the

side to concentrate on most. For those inside just gently sweep them

up and let them go. Most times the are not dead, just sleeping.
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