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What Are Ladybugs?
A ladybug ‘lady beetle’ is a member of the Coccinellidae family, which is comprised of more than 5,000 ladybug species, with 150 found in the United States. One little ladybug may not seem like a big deal. However, where there is one of these insects, there are hundreds more in the close vicinity. The beetle measures between 1/32 and ½ an inch in length and vary in color ranging from yellow to red to orange, with little tiny spots scattered about. Scientists have reported about 450 ladybug species found in North America, where they are not always classified as a “pest.” In fact, experts believe ladybugs play a major role in the ecosystem. Without the ladybug and other pollination agents – mosquitoes, bees, ants, hummingbirds, and beetles – some crops would not exist today. Ladybugs play a role in helping farmers control mealybug, mite, aphid, and scale insect populations as well.
Why Is My Home Infested With Ladybugs?
When a ladybug invades a home or business, it is mainly because they were invited. Now, do not take it the wrong way because it does not mean the invitation was intentional. In fact, no one is going to open their doors to a pest like a ladybug. No, it just means they found an access point and took advantage of it. Ladybugs were introduced to North America in the 20th century, as an attempt to control the aphid population. 20th-century farmers were facing tremendous crop damage and loss due to the overpopulation of aphids. The method was extremely successful since the ladybug could survive the harsh winter months by sheltering in buildings facing the south exterior wall.
Do Ladybugs Pose A Health Risk To Humans Or Animals?
There is no evidence that connects ladybugs with human or animal diseases. These insects are more of a nuisance than a health threat to humans or animals. However, one ladybug species “Asian lady beetle” has reportedly bit humans on a few occasions. Ladybugs are non-venomous, so there is no danger in a small nip.
How To Safely Eradicate A Ladybug Infestation?
Ladybugs generally wait until late summer or fall to invade buildings. This is when they prepare for overwintering when their body functions slow down drastically, allowing them to utilize stored fats for survival. Ladybug infestations are not dangerous, but they can be very messy and annoying. Our ladybug pest control consists of a visual inspection, treatment plan, a follow-up, and prevention. These are among the few insect species that do not build nests even though they live in colonies. To learn more about our ladybug pest control service, please feel free to contact our local office in Miami, Florida.
Does DIY Pest Control Work For Ladybug Infestations?
Yes and no, as it depends on the severity of the infestation, circumstance, and season. DIY pest control pesticides are effective when the severity level is low. Moderate and severe ladybug infestations require a much stronger approach, which includes a commercial-grade pesticide and traps. If you do decide to go the DIY pest control route, you must be prepared to invest additional time and money into the effort. Since over-the-counter pesticides and insecticides are regular strength, they are not going to offer the same effect as our professional-grade pest control products.
When Will The Exterminator Arrive At My Home?
Our extermination team in Miami works around the clock to ensure full access to our pest control services to all the locals. While our schedule may be packed most days, we can generally dispatch one of our exterminators out to a client’s home or business within 24 to 48 hours of the initial service request.
Is Ladybug Pesticides And Insecticides Harmful To The Environment?
Our Environmental Protection Agency-approved pesticides have been deemed “safe” as long as they are handled, stored, and administered per the manufacturer’s recommendations. We follow the EPA pesticide guides across the board to protect the environment and our workers and clients from exposure to toxic chemicals found in pesticides.
Is It Possible To Prevent A Future Ladybug Infestation After The Initial Infiltration?
Yes, it is possible as long as you control the ladybug population around your home, seal off all potential access points, and heed our ladybug management protocol. We will continue working with you after your home is deemed “ladybug-free” to prevent future infestations.