The multi-colored Asian lady beetle, also commonly referred to as the lady bug, is not a harmful pest to have around. In fact these beneficial insects were imported and released in the early 1900’s in an attempt to control other insects and they continue to be a natural pest control solution for harmful plant pests such as aphids, scale and other soft-bodied arthropods.
Did you Know?
Lady bugs are not a structure-damaging pest
Lady bugs will not cause damage to furniture
Lady bugs will not destroy carpet and upholstery
So why do many of us consider lady bugs to be a nuisance pest? Although a beneficial insect, lady bugs are often considered annoying because they have a tendency to move indoors when the weather gets cooler, often in large numbers. Lady bugs are overwintering insects and will seek relief from the cooler winter temperatures inside wall voids and other areas of homes and buildings. They commonly enter through cracks and crevices in the foundation as well as around door and window frames and other areas that offer them a way inside. For the most part, the overwintering lady bug population will remain inside walls and other protected areas until late winter or early spring when warmer temperatures seem to activate them. When this happens, they’ll often start invading living areas of the house and really start irritating the residents of the home.
A great way to ensure that these spotted insects don’t take over your home is to take action before they start searching for overwintering sites. Pest-proofing your home in the fall can help deter lady bugs and other insects and rodents that may become a problem later on. Caulking exterior cracks and crevices and sealing an entry points can go a long way in preventing a lady bug infestation.
If it’s too late to stop lady bugs from coming inside, sweeping or vacuuming may offer you some relief. Or you can simply contact Rottler’s Pest & Lawn Solutions. We are ready to assist you with any type of pest including lady bugs and offer highly effective pest control solutions in St. Louis and throughout Mid-Missouri. Give us a call today at 1-877-ROTTLER or simply fill out our online contact form.