lady bug on a leaf outside baltimore home

What are Ladybird Beetles?

Ladybird beetles belong to the order Coleoptera and are also commonly referred to as ladybugs. An adult ladybird beetle is oval, convex and is typically red in color with 6 black spots on each wing. They have small heads that are turned downward, short legs and their hemispheric body is about the size of 1/2 of a pea. They are predators and feed mainly on plant-eating insects.

Why do I have them?

Ladybird beetles overwinter in the adult stage and often are found clustered together in large amounts. They want to hibernate in a warm, comfortable spot over the cold months of winter and gather in groups when they hibernate, so if you see one, you can be sure more will follow.  You may also notice a rise in ladybugs in the spring as they prepare to move back outdoors for the summer months.

Are they dangerous?

Ladybird beetles are not poisonous to humans. However, they can have toxic effects on some animals. Ladybugs have a foul odor which deters some predators from eating them and their bright colors also help as a deterrent. They are considered more of a nuisance for homes and businesses and not a threat.

How do I get rid of Ladybird Beetles?

Getting rid of ladybird beetles can be a difficult task as disturbing them will only cause them to stress out, leaving yellow markings on your walls. The yellow stuff you see is not waste matter, but rather, their blood. American Pest is your one-stop company for resolving ladybird beetle problems. Our highly trained pest control professionals will make a thorough inspection of your property and then create a custom designed solution to rid you of Ladybird Beetles in the quickest, safest manner possible.

Can I do it myself?

Controlling ladybird beetles using Do-It-Yourself methods does not prove to be effective in many cases. At American Pest our trained pest control technicians are highly trained on all methods of eliminating beetles.

How soon can you get here?

At American Pest we pride ourselves in our quick response times and our quality service. For that reason we will endeavor to be with you the same or very next day.

Is the treatment safe?

Every product used by American Pest has undergone extensive testing by the EPA and has been registered for pest control use. Only after it has been EPA approved do we use and apply it following a strict set of guidelines. This means you can be assured it will not cause any harm to humans or pets.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Ladybird beetles are attracted to the light colored houses and older homes tend to experience more ladybird beetle problems due to lack of adequate insulation. The beetles tend to come in through small cracks around windows, door ways and under clap boards. Proper insulation and sealing of potential openings may help to deter these pests.


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