Have you ever observed the wonder in a child's eyes as he or she discovers a lady beetle? Those tiny, colorfully spotted beetles are certainly fascinating to watch but there is another look in the eyes these beetles can inspire, a look of horror, especially when they congregate in large masses on windows or walls. This can be quite disturbing and, if they are congregating inside a home, it can be even more disturbing! Let's explore the problems associated with lady beetles and some strategies you can implement to keep them out of your home.
Problems Caused By Lady Beetles
While these beetles do not eat our food, destroy fabrics, chew through wires or infest wood, the way other household pests do, they are still unpleasant to have around. They will sometimes bite humans, and they can do so hard enough to break the skin, but they don't prefer to bite humans. They are simply looking for food or water. Another issue associated with lady beetles is that they sometimes secrete a yellowish liquid from the joints in their legs that has a strong smell to it. This is called reflex bleeding, and this yellow liquid can stain some surfaces, especially light-colored surfaces.
Lady Beetles In Spring
If you're seeing lady beetles in your home this spring, it isn't because they're trying to get in. Lady beetles are overwintering pests that hide in attics, wall voids, and other secluded locations of our homes during the cold months. In the spring, they make their way back outside and accidentally come into common areas.
Beetle Prevention Tips
In spring, it is too late to prevent lady beetles from getting in but there are a few things you can do to get rid of them.
A vacuum cleaner is a great tool for ridding a home of a lot of lady beetles all at once. Be sure to put the bag outside when you're done.
Sticky traps can capture a number of lady beetles and hold them, so they don't freely walk around your home staining your belongings.
The best way to deal with lady beetles in spring is to contact a pest control provider and start a pest prevention program.
Rest Easy With Help From Rottler
If you live in our Missouri service area, reach out to Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions and schedule a free inspection. We'll help you figure out that lady beetle problem. Give us a call to get started.