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Ladybugs can be found across the United States. They’re beetles that belong to the Coccinellidae family. In terms of size, they can range from 1/32 to half an inch. They’re either red, yellow, or orange. A ladybug has a black head, antennas, and legs. It also has small, black spots on its wings. Researchers have identified more than 5,000 species around the world with 450 or so being native to North America. A handful of these species are considered pests in North America and Europe. However, you shouldn’t worry about them too much because ladybugs are not dangerous. In fact, they serve an important role in the world. They help get rid of certain pests, including mealybugs, mites, scale insects, and aphids.
You can use them to protect your gardens from aphids and other small pests. Staff at the Mall of America does so every year.
Reasons For Ladybugs
In general, ladybugs are considered benign. However, there are one species that will be a pest. You have to worry about it because it can quickly destroy your crops. The pest species arrived in the United States during the 20th century because farmers wanted to develop their crops from aphids. The technique proved to be very effective. It helped stop aphids from destroying the crops, but it led to other problems. Since they found a way to survive through the winter months, their population quickly exploded. Today, they create problems by entering residences during winter. As a result, ladybugs fit into the overwintering pest category.
Can Ladybugs Make You Ill?
Ultimately, you can’t ignore ladybugs because they can create problems for Chicago residents. You’ll also find that Asian lady beetles can bite humans. Regardless, you can rest assured knowing that the ladybugs in your home are not going to make you sick. Even when they nip your skin, they’re not going to pierce your skin or hurt you. It might feel like a pinch. These pests do not transmit diseases to humans or pets. Therefore, you primarily need to worry about the nuisance they’ll create. Ladybugs tend to enter residences in large numbers. When they fly down and crawl on your skin, it can be unnerving. You’ll want to remove them immediately.
Eliminating Infestations Of Ladybugs
Ladybugs are overwintering pests. They want to enter your residence before winter. Then, they’ll remain hidden in your home until the warm temperatures return. If you don’t mind living with them for a few months, the ladybugs will leave on their own. However, most people don’t want to live with them. They’ll create a mess in your home and it’ll only get worse. Therefore, you should find a way to get rid of them right away. It won’t be easy since ladybugs do not create nests. Instead, they tend to cluster on south-facing surfaces and in your home. To fix the problem, you’ll have to treat each ladybug. Unfortunately, this makes it much harder to eliminate the problem.
We offer a ladybug program with full-scale services. We can help identify their hiding places and eliminate them for you. Once you’ve done that, our technician will give you advice for keeping these pests out of your home.
DIY Ladybug Treatments
Most people have thought about fixing such problems on their own. They believe they can fix it with DIY methods and save money. Although this is one option, it likely isn’t the best. The problem is that ladybugs are difficult to eliminate because they do not have a central nest. Instead, you have to eliminate each pest. DIY methods rely on products that aren’t as reliable as our professional services. Some of these techniques will end up exposing you and your loved ones to dangerous chemicals. Eliminate the risks involved and the pests by choosing our services.
When Can Someone Get Here?
Stop what you’re doing and call our office. Once you’ve called our office, we’ll call you back within 24 hours or so.
We Only Use Free Treatments
We understand that you’re worried about the risks associated with professional pest control services, but you shouldn’t be. When you work with us, you can rest assured knowing we’ll take extra steps to protect you. We always go to great lengths to ensure that our clients receive safe solutions. For instance, we eliminate the problem using products registered with the Environmental Protection Agency. We know these products are safe and effective so we’re happy to use them.
Preventing Ladybug Infestations
Make sure that your exterior walls are fully sealed. If you do this, ladybugs will have a much harder time entering your home this fall.