Ladybugs are arguably the cutest insect. With their cheery red shells and perky black polka dots, they often show up as Halloween costumes and themed party decor, so it’s hard to believe they’re considered a pest by many. However, anyone who has had a ladybug infestation knows that these buggers can become a real nuisance.They even made our list of 14 “harmless” bugs you didn’t know could bite you. Here’s how to get rid of ladybugs that are bugging you.
First, They’re Not All Bad
To be fair, some ladybugs are wonderful insects that help control plant-eating pests like aphids. The “good” ladybugs are smaller, have bright red shells and all-black heads with white cheeks.
There are 450 ladybug species in North America alone, and some of those eat the plants (instead of the aphids), such as the Mexican bean beetle (yellow-orange with black spots) and the squash beetle (yellow-orange with larger black spots). And, there’s the dreaded Asian lady beetle, which is known for aggravating asthma symptoms and excreting a foul smelling liquid that stains.
Lady Bug Pest Control
There are ways to protect your home from an infestation and things you can do if you’re too late and they’re already inside.
- Prevent ladybugs from coming inside your home by sealing it up. One of the main ways ladybugs get inside is through all the small crevices, cracks and spaces around doors, windows, siding, fascia and the like. Use caulk and expanding foam insulation to seal up and fill all the gaps. Control pests all around your home with these 26 tips.
- Vacuum them up right away: You don’t want to squash Asian lady beetles because it could leave behind a stain and an unpleasant smell. Instead, suck them up with the vacuum and empty the dust cup or bag immediately. If you don’t dispose of the sucked-up bugs right away, your vacuum will be stinky the next time you use it.
- Use citrus or citronella cleaners: Ladybugs, specifically Asian lady beetles, are attracted to their own scent but are not a fan of citrus or citronella. Use a cleaner with those scents to discourage an infestation. This natural remedy will help you get rid of almost all insects around your home.
- Plant mums: Mums are the most unattractive flower to ladybugs, so, if you plant them near your doors, you can discourage these bugs from coming into your home.
- Set out some home-made potpourri: Bay leaves and cloves are a big detractor for ladybugs but they smell great to humans! Wrap some bay leaves and cloves in cloth bags and place them around your house to deter the bugs.
- Call in a specialist. If you still have a ladybug problem after trying these remedies, it might be time to call a professional.