Portsmouth Property Owners' Complete Guide To Ladybugs
It’s that time of year again: the fall is in full swing and ladybugs are looking for ways to get inside. As colder weather crawls across our state, these pests will follow suit and crawl into our homes.
If you are someone who prefers a pest-free home over one riddled with tiny and annoying insects, then you’ve come to the right place. To help you fight back against fall pests, here’s a complete guide to ladybug control for your Portsmouth property.
What Are Ladybugs
You might not realize this, but true ladybugs are not as common as they used to be. Other insects that look like ladybugs, specifically Asian lady beetles, are on the rise. These pests were introduced to America as beneficial agricultural insects back in 1916 after their effectiveness was seen in Asian countries.
Over the years, the success of this pest has slowly pushed ladybugs out. Fast forward to 2020, and there are now more Asian lady beetles than there are ladybugs here in the states. The good news for you is that they are almost identical in appearance and both pose the same problems for homeowners. For this reason, we will stick with the term ladybug when referring to both of these pests.
The Benefits Of Ladybugs
Ladybugs are incredibly beneficial pests -- when they are outdoors where they belong. Used to kill aphids, a common crop-destroying pest, ladybugs save farmers millions each year. In China, studies were done showing that farmers could save up to $300 million annually if they controlled cotton pests with beetles rather than traditional pesticides.
Why Ladybugs Invade Homes
Ladybugs are not a fan of cold weather. As the temperatures drop here in Portsmouth these pests will be looking for any possible way to stay warm, and your home is a decent source of that warmth. Invasion typically starts with a hundred or more ladybugs congregating around the exterior of a home to soak up the sun’s heat.
From here, these pests find gaps, cracks, holes, and other entry points to get inside where it’s warm night and day. Light-colored homes, homes with less modern insulation, and southwestern sun-exposed homes are much more susceptible to a ladybug invasion.
Are Ladybugs Dangerous
The only things ladybugs are dangerous to are aphids and other plant-eating insects. Unless you are one of these things, your chance of being hurt by one of these small pests is zero.
The biggest problem ladybugs cause for homeowners is with their presence. These colorful bugs buzz around homes and catch homeowners off guard, causing spooks and occasional screams.
How To Prevent Ladybugs
The best thing to do to prevent ladybug infestation is to make sure your home’s exterior is properly sealed. To help you keep out ladybugs, here are some effective exclusion and prevention tips to use around your Portsmouth property:
Seal gaps, cracks, and holes in your home’s exterior foundation using a caulk gun.
Repair damage to siding, shingles, and chimneys.
Fix ripped or torn window/door screens.
Make sure weather stripping and door sweeps are properly installed around your home.
Consider painting your home a darker color.
Where you can, invest in more modern and pest resistant insulation.
A Simpler Solution To Ladybugs
If you are looking for a simple way to keep ladybugs and fall pests out of your home, the experts at Ohio Pest Control Inc, have just the answer for you. With our general pest control plan, we will get your home the protection it needs to fight back against all sorts of invasive pests.
All you have to do is give us a call. We will send one of our qualified pest technicians your way and find a plan that best fits you and your home’s individual needs.