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Ladybugs are beetles that belong to the Coccinellidae family. These pests are smaller than most household pests since some only reach 1/32 of an inch. However, they can grow up to half an inch in some circumstances. They’re orange or red and have black dots on their wings. The remaining body parts are black. Around the world, researchers have identified more than 5,000 ladybug species with 450 of them being native to North America. Although most are okay, a few species are considered pests. Ladybugs can be helpful because they help get rid of aphids and other small pests.
They’re often used by farmers to protect their crops from aphids, scale insects, and mites.
Most ladybug species are harmless and benign. However, there are a few species that will create immense problems. The primary pest species in our area was introduced to the United States in the 20th century. They were initially used to eliminate aphids on crops. It works exceptionally well but the ladybugs quickly turned into pests because they found a way to survive the cold, winter weather. As a result, the ladybug population quickly grew and they started creating problems for locals.
How Dangerous Are Ladybugs?
Many people believe that ladybugs are harmless. Thankfully, they are. These pests do not pose any dangers to pets or people. Nevertheless, one species has been known to nip. Even when they do, they cannot break the skin. Furthermore, they do not transmit diseases so they’re not a danger to humans. The main thing you’ll have to worry about is cleaning up the mess.
Eradicating A Ladybug Colony
Although ladybugs aren’t dangerous, it is still wise to get rid of them promptly. One thing to know about ladybugs is that they want to be outside of your home. If you ignore these pests, they’ll eventually leave your home. They tend to leave residences when the warm weather returns. The problem with this is that they’re going to stay in your home during winter. They won’t leave. Another issue is that these pests do not create nests. Instead, they group on south-facing walls and other objects.
To kill the pests, you’ll have to target each bug individually. Suffice to say, this is going to make it harder to fix the problem. Our company can help since our ladybug program has proven time and again to be effective.
Doing It With DIY Methods
Don’t forget that you might be able to eliminate ladybugs using do-it-yourself products and methods. You might be able to administer these products safely but we cannot recommend them. Instead, we recommend working with us because our technicians are faster, safer, and more consistent. If you tinker with DIY methods, there is a risk that you’re going to expose yourself to dangerous pesticides. Plus, some of these products aren’t as effective as professional services.
Our Technicians Are Eager To Help
Get in touch with our Houston pest control pests promptly. Once you’ve called, we’ll get back to you within 24 to 48 hours.
Safest Ladybug Solutions
You can’t play games with do-it-yourself pest control methods because some of them are dangerous. Instead, you’ll want to rely on professional services which are safer. We only use products that have been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. We like using these products because we know they’re safe and reliable. These products do not expose anyone to any health hazards. Our technicians follow precise protocols to keep you safe.
Preventing Future Problems
Take preventative measures to keep these pests out of your home. Properly seal the gaps around your plumbing pipes, utility lines, doors, and windows so they can’t get in.