Let’s talk about ladybugs. Ladybugs are perhaps the most beloved insect. Children like
to catch and play with them, they don’t bite or sting, they are cute as all get-out and they
devour aphids and other bothersome garden pests. So why would anyone want to get rid of a
ladybug? Because ladybugs will often cluster inside your home. When the cluster becomes a swarm
and the numbers become large, ladybugs can be a major annoyance. Luckily, there are ways to get
rid of ladybugs (and not all of them outright kill our spotted insect friend).
Is it Really a Ladybug?
What you think is a ladybug might
actually be a multicolored Asian beetle.
Ladybug suppliers (yes, there are
companies that sell ladybugs to farmers
because they are so beneficial) started
importing a more aggressive asian strain
several years ago. They are very similar
and neither causes damage to your
You Can Get Rid of Ladybugs
Ladybugs (or multicolored Asian beetles) are very beneficial insects that only become a problem when they
cluster and swarm in your house to hibernate over the winter. They become most obtrusive in late fall when they
enter your home and in spring when they attempt to leave. Sealing all cracks and crevices in your home is a good
way to keep ladybugs out. Once they are inside, a simple vacuum will work wonders and you can release them
outside. Diatomaceous earth and boric acid are safe organic methods of killing ladybugs and there are also several
pesticides available that will get rid of ladybugs. Good luck in your attempts to lovingly repel these cute little
When the ladybugs awake in the spring they will immediately begin to search for a way
out of your house. You will notice more concentrated numbers of ladybugs in the spring as
they explore your home for a path outdoors.
Sealing all cracks and crevices in your
home is always a good idea. Search
around door frames and windows,
under sideing, and look for any
foundation cracks. Seal the openings
with a good silicon based caulk.
Closing these openings will not only
keep out ladybugs and other pests, but
it will reduce your utility bills.
Get Rid of Ladybugs
Ladybugs hibernate during the winter months. They find their way into your home in a
search for a warmer environment to sleep away the winter months. The first ladybug
entering your home will emit a pherome that sends the message “Hey, I’ve found a great
pad. Come join me!” to other ladybugs. Before you know it, you’ve got a cluster of bugs
that don’t beginning sleeping for days or weeks. Late fall is when you will notice ladybugs in
Close the Cracks
Did you know that you can refrigerate
ladybugs after you catch them in the fall?
Place them in a non-airtight container
and let them sleep the winter away.
Release them in the spring. Why would
you do this? Beats me, but it seems like
an interesting thing to do.
A vacuum is a great way to get rid of ladybugs. They are easily caught in the suction and
they will survive the rocky ride down the vacuum tube into the bag. In the fall, you can
release the ladybugs far away from your house. In the spring you may want to consider
releasing the ladybugs into your garden.
Sites and Blogs about Ladybugs
There are ways to kill ladybugs. Diatomaceous earth and boric acid (borax) are both
completely organic and safe ways to kill ladybugs. Simply spread the dust in ladybug
congregation areas. The dust will strip the lipids off the exoskeleton upon contact and
cause dehydration. Very effective, very safe, used for years.
If You Want To Be Mean
Spraying commercially available
pesticides around possible entryways will
repel ladybugs and other pests from your
home. This is a good long term solution
for pest management.
There are excellent products available online. Amazon offers a comprehensive list of brand name
products at inexpensive cost in their Home and Garden Store. They even have a special section for
Pest Control. Amazon is the largest online purveyor of pest control products.
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