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Ladybug (Lady Beetle - Lady Bug)
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Ladybug (Lady Beetle – Lady Bug)

Ladybug (Lady Beetle – Lady Bug)

Description:

  • Color: brightly colored, typically red, brown, or tan with black spots; some are black with red spots.
  • Size: 1/16 to 1/4 long
  • Adults are hemispherical in shape.
  • Larvae are flattened and spindle-shaped with warts or spines on the dorsal (i.e., back) side.

Habits of Ladybugs:

  • Eggs are orange and are laid on end in single or multiple groups of 12 on plants infested with aphids.
  • In the fall, adults seek protected areas in which to overwinter. Preferred areas are beneath rocks, bark, leaves, landscape timbers; however, occupied structures are also suitable.
  • They are beneficial because the larvae and adults eat a variety of outdoor ornamental pests, e.g., aphids, mealybugs, whiteflies, scale, other soft bodied insects and their eggs.
  • Adults are attracted to light and often are seen in window sills and light fixtures.

Damage From Ladybugs:

  • In the fall, the adults become a nuisance when they emerge from their hibernation sites in walls and fly around the house.
  • They pose no threat to health and property.

Look for:

  • Aphids, scale, and other soft-bodied insects on exterior plants that serve as ladybug prey.

How to Control Ladybugs:

Lady Bugs

  • Exclusion is the best method of control and can be accomplished by sealing external cracks, gaps in siding, and openings around door and window frames.
  • Similar areas on the inside of the house should be sealed to prevent ladybugs from entering the interior from wall voids and voids between floors.
  • Screens should fit tightly and un-screened doors and windows should not be left open.
  • Soffit and ridge vents which are also points of entry should also be screened.
  • Once beetles are inside, the best course of action is to use a vacuum cleaner for removal, and then remove, tape and discard the vacuum bag, or release the beetles outside away from the house.
  • Light traps can be used effectively in some situations in order to reduce indoor infestations.
  • Spraying indoors for these beetles is of no value and provides little relief from the problem.

Innovative Pest Management serves the Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland area. Call us at (240) 755-0077 to schedule a free quote or appointment.

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