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Does this title sound scary to you? Usually, titles starting with the words, "Invasion of…" are meant to be scary. Movies such as Invasion of the Body Snatchers, about an alien invasion making mindless duplicates of people to take over the planet, are scary. The book titled Alien Invasion… sounds pretty scary too. But Invasion of the Lady Beetles? Lady beetles aren't scary, right? After all, lady beetles are tiny, cute little black-spotted red bugs; but when they invade by the hundreds--well, we'll let you decide if a lady bug invasion is scary or not.

Generally speaking, lady beetles are not scary. In fact, when kept under control, they are actually considered a beneficial insect to have in your garden. They are only a nuisance by their presence; they do not feed on or damage things inside a home, and they do not carry diseases or sting. But can their populations get out of control? Absolutely.

Although it is relatively rare, lady beetle invasions have been known to get out of control. For instance, in a Colorado town in 2009, there was a lady beetle invasion at a particular house in Jefferson County. It was reported that there were dozens of them flying around at any given time. They were landing on clothing and crawling up pants. They were being squished underfoot. They were even flying into mouths! But that was only the start of it, as the back of the house was completely covered by a sheet of moving red and black! Scary? We think so!

So what can you do to keep lady beetles, and other pests, out of your home this fall? Here are some tips:

  • Make sure all your screens and door sweeps are in good working order.

  • Keep lights off at night, or use yellow, insect-resistant lighting.

  • Thoroughly inspect the outside of your home and seal up any gaps or cracks using a caulking gun.

  • Have a professional pest control company treat around the perimeter or your home.

The fact of the matter is that lady beetles are notoriously difficult to completely keep out of a home once they start crawling all over the outside of it, but there is one tip listed above that will keep them out: having a pest control company protect your home from lady beetles as well as a host of other pests common in the St. Louis area. Here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, we have certified, trained pest professionals who can make your job of keeping pests out as easy as pie.

So, a few little lady beetles aren't scary at all, but if you end up with an "invasion," it certainly can be! Don't take chances with lady beetles, or other, scarier, pests getting into your home during late summer and early fall. Let Rottler help. A home without bugs is simply better. Period.

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