How to Get Rid of Ladybugs
Anyone who has had a ladybug infestation knows that these buggers can become a real nuisance. Here's how to get rid of ladybugs that are bugging you.
Ladybugs are arguably the cutest insects. With their cheery red shells and perky black polka dots, they often inspire Halloween costumes and themed party décor, so it’s hard to believe they’re considered a pest by many.
But anyone who has had a ladybug infestation knows, that these buggers can become a real nuisance. They even made our list of 14 “harmless” bugs you didn’t know could bite you. Here’s how to get rid of ladybugs.
First, They’re Not All Bad
To be fair, some ladybugs are wonderful insects that help control plant-eating pests like aphids. The “good” ladybugs are smaller, have bright red shells and all-black heads with white cheeks.
There are 450 ladybug species in North America alone. Some eat the plants instead of the aphids, such as the Mexican bean beetle (yellow-orange with black spots) and the squash beetle (yellow-orange with larger black spots). And there’s the dreaded Asian lady beetle, which is known for aggravating asthma symptoms and excreting a foul smelling liquid that stains.
Ladybug Pest Control
There are ways to protect your home from an infestation, and things you can do if they’re already inside.
- Prevent ladybugs from coming inside your home by sealing it up: One of the main ways ladybugs get inside is through all the small crevices, cracks and spaces around doors, windows, siding, fascia and the like. Use caulk and expanding foam insulation to seal up and fill all the gaps. Control pests all around your home with these tips.
- Vacuum them up right away: Squashing Asian lady beetles can leave behind a stains and an unpleasant smell. Instead, suck them up with the vacuum and empty the dust cup or bag immediately. If you don’t dispose of them right away, your vacuum will stink the next time you use it.
- Use citrus or citronella cleaners: Ladybugs, specifically Asian lady beetles, are attracted to their own scent but are not a fan of citrus or citronella. Use a cleaner with those scents to discourage an infestation. This natural remedy will help you get rid of almost all insects around your home.
- Plant mums: Mums are the most unattractive flower to ladybugs. If you plant them near your doors, you’ll discourage them from coming into your home.
- Set out some home-made potpourri: Bay leaves and cloves are a big detractor for ladybugs but they smell great to humans! Wrap some bay leaves and cloves in cloth bags and place them around your house to deter the bugs.
- Call in a specialist: If you still have a ladybug problem after trying these remedies, it might be time to call a professional.