Ladybugs get their name from European farmers in the Middle Ages that began calling them “The Beetles of Our Lady”, referring to the Virgin Mary for helping control plant-destroying pests. The red wings represented the Virgin’s cloak and the black spots her joys and sorrows. Ladybugs are also known as “Lady Beetles” or “Ladybird Beetles,” as these little critters are actually species of beetles. Ladybugs are found worldwide with about 475 species in the United States and Canada and come in a range of colors from red to orange to gray and even pink.
Ladybugs: The “Beneficial” Insect
Ladybugs feed on aphids and other soft-bodied pests to your garden. A single ladybug can eat up to 50 aphids in one day, protecting your garden from harmful insect invasions. Ladybugs don’t make their own homes, so sometimes they will wander into your house. If you don’t have a lot of ladybugs in your home, it’s recommended to just leave them and they will leave in the spring. However, ladybug infestations can become a nuisance to you and your family and you have a couple of options to control their population in your home.
Additional Pest Information
Appearance – Ladybugs can be colored red, orange, yellow, brown or shiny black usually with markings and dark spots
Biology- Most types of ladybugs are very useful insects, but some look for shelter in buildings during winter, which may become a bother.
Prevention – The best way to get rid of ladybugs or keep them from getting indoors is to seal cracks around windows, doors, siding, and utility pipes, behind chimneys, and other openings. Use a good quality caulk. Damaged screens on doors and windows should be repaired or replaced. If ladybugs have already entered your home, use a vacuum to remove them. Be sure to empty the vacuum bag in your garbage and seal it tight. If there are a lot of ladybugs inside a home or building, a pest control professional should be called to help take care of the problem.
Controlling Ladybugs In Your Home
1. Use a “Shop Vacuum” – Gently vacuum up any ladybugs and after, release them back into the wild.
2. Lady Bug Repellent Spray – There are many commercial chemical solutions available to prevent and cure any infestation.
If you feel the ladybugs are out of control in your home, call Griffin Pest Solutions to schedule an assessment. Our expert technicians will diagnose and create a custom solution to make you feel like you’re back in your home again.