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Ladybug Characteristics And Behaviors
The ladybug species belong to the Coccinellidae beetle family. The body is between 1/32” and ½” in length. The black-spotted red, orange, or yellow wings are covered with a shell-like material to minimize impact injuries. Scientists claim to have identified more than 5,000 species of ladybugs as “ladybirds.” The convergent, California, 22-spot, pink-spotted, cardinal, Asian, twelve-spotted, and seven-spotted are just to name a few.
The ladybug species joins six other insects – bumblebee, honeybee, beetle, butterfly, moth, and fly – as “pollinators.” Without pollinators, crops like okra, kiwi, onion, potato, celery, beet, mustard, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts – would not be possible. Pollinators are also responsible for the reproduction of Brazil nuts, strawberry trees, cashew, and chestnut.
Ladybug sightings are reported worldwide, with over 450 in North America, where some species are treated as pests, not pollinators.
Why Is My Home Under A Ladybug Attack?
Ladybugs belong to the overwintering insect classification, hibernate through winter, surviving on stored fat and nutrients. Like most insects, the ladybug is not fond of cold weather. Beginning in late fall, the ladybug and other overwintering pests begin to search for vulnerabilities in building structures. The insects are hoping to find exterior-to-interior access points near windows, doors, electrical wiring, and sewage pipes.
The insects hope to find vulnerabilities that will give them access from the exterior to the interior. Ladybug infiltration of houses, commercial establishments, industrial buildings, apartment complexes, and public utility facilities are more commonly reported in the late fall, days before the winter season is scheduled to kick in.
If your home is under a ladybug attack, you can hope the insects do not find vulnerabilities that will permit access. As long as the insects are on the outside, your odds of facing a ladybug infestation in the near future are low. Now, if the ladybug gains access to your home, a ladybug infestation is inevitable.
Should I Worry About My Pets And Children During A Ladybug Infestation?
Ladybugs do not transmit diseases to humans or animals. In fact, scientists believe the ladybug is more of a nuisance pest than a human health threat. These insects have never been associated with any damage to buildings, The ladybug does have bite capability but rarely puts it to use.
The ladybug diet is comprised of mites, aphids, and mealybug, proving helpful for commercial farmers and gardeners. Ladybugs have been shown to help control the aphid population.
What Is The Best Pest Control Approach For Ladybug Infestations?
We believe our professional pest management is the best approach to all insect and rodent infestations. This service includes visual pest inspections, a customized treatment plan, and a prevention strategy. We have a long history of helping our community fight back when they are under a ladybug attack. We combine our extermination skills, experience, and knowledge to contain the ladybug population in the city and surrounding areas.
Our ladybug control utilizes a combination treatment of pesticides and traps or eco-friendly treatment and pesticides. We combine treatments to ensure the maximum effect, resulting in a speedier, satisfactory outcome.
Would You Recommend DIY Pest Control For Ladybug Infestations?
Ladybugs do not socialize, which means they do not live in colonies or build nests. Combating ladybug infestations is a joint effort, every household member must be on board to achieve a satisfactory outcome. DIY pest control products may be effective in eradicating minor ladybug problems.
DIY pest control products are the bottom-of-the-barrel low-strength formula. However, some victims have reported successful results, but only after multiple repeat treatments. When you consider, the number of required repeat treatments, it may be possible to save money with professional pest control.
Are Ladybug Pest Control Products Harmful To The Environment?
Chemical-based pesticides do pose some environmental risks. The level of risk is determined by several factors, including transportation, handling, storage, and treatment methods. When chemical-based pesticides are mishandled and administered improperly, not only the environment is at risk of harmful toxin exposure, but also everyone in the nearby vicinity.
EPA-approved pesticides have been deemed “safe” when administered, handled, stored, and transported per the manufacturer’s recommendations.
What Is The Best Ladybug Prevention Strategy?
The best pest strategy combines the effort of the client, exterminator, community, and household members. If everyone is on board with the prevention strategy, the outcome will be 100 percent ladybug infestation prevention.