Ladybirds are also referred as Asian beetles and ladybugs. The insects begin to hibernate in the late fall and early winter months. Some ladybirds will find their way into homes as they search for a warm, sheltered place to avoid the cold. Though the insect does not damage anything inside the house--the ladybird does not bite or gather in stored food--a sudden increase in the number of insects inside a home can be a nuisance.
Things You'll Need
- Vacuum cleaner
- Caulk Gun
How to Get Rid of Ladybirds
Vacuum and sweep the ladybirds and place them outside. It is one simple method of removing the insect without using chemicals. The insects will not be moving around freely, as they will be in a state of hibernation. Make sure to empty the vacuum filter immediately, as the ladybird may be able to escape from the vacuum cleaner.
Caulk all areas around the home. Fill cracks near open doors and windows. Look for entrance places around a home's foundation.
Repair screens. Check all windows and sliding doors for holes or damage. Replace or fix these areas around the middle of September, well before the hibernation season.
Use chemicals sparingly. Remember the ladybirds must still be removed once killed---usually by vacuum and sweeping. Insecticides are recommended to be used around entrance areas on the outside of the home, before a ladybird enters the home. Chemicals can be dangerous to use inside, and the ladybirds will still have to be vacuumed and swept away.
Removing ladybirds from gardens can increase aphids. Many gardeners do not consider the ladybird a pest, and encourage the insect to live among flowers and vegetables to control pests.
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