How do I get rid of lady bugs?

Question: How can I get rid of lady bugs? Does your company offer a solution for getting rid of lady bugs?

ANSWER: These insects are a nuisance throughout the country. They usually make their presence known in the fall and winter when they collect in large numbers around the perimeter of houses and buildings, and a large number of them make their way inside.

These beetles were introduced into the U.S. to control aphids on plants. Adult beetles and the larvae can eat hundreds of aphids each day and are considered beneficial insects. These beetles live outdoors during the summer, feeding on aphids and perhaps some other pests of ornamental and vegetable plants. They are naturally found in trees, but here in the U.S. they are found in nearly all habitats, from field crops, to vegetable gardens and ornamental plants.

In the late summer and fall, they gather on houses for warmth. Some of them find their way inside.

The best control strategy for these beetles is keeping them outside. Sealing around windows, openings in siding and ensuring your screens are in a good state of repair is the first order of business. For those that have come indoors, use a vacuum cleaner to remove them from the windows and walls. They are harmless, but if crushed indoors they can leave a stain on carpeting or drapes.

For help in controlling these call your local Orkin Branch office. A highly trained Orkin Pest Specialist will develop a customized treatment strategy that best fits your needs.


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