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What Is A Ladybug?
With the potential to grow 1/32 inches to ½ inch in length and being a member of the Coccinellidae family, the ladybug is a formidable insect. Most people just consider it a nuisance and honestly don’t know that much about the bug, but there is a lot of interesting information surrounding the ladybug. We’ve been battling this bug since the existence of time, and throughout this time, we’ve uncovered some pretty fascinating times. Not only more effective ways in dealing with them but all-around more interesting things about the critter as a species.
Most ladybugs are scarlet, orange, or yellow with small black spots on their wings while their legs, heads, and antennae are solid black. While there are over 5,000 of these species throughout the world, there are only 450 that are native to the United States. That being said, it wasn’t until the Twentieth Century that these bugs were introduced into the United States. They were introduced as a means of aphid control in commercial gardens and orchards. This is why many people consider the pest to be a useful and harmful insect.
The Mall of America just recently released over a million of these bugs throughout their indoor parks as a means of agricultural control. Pretty interesting stuff, right? Well, it’s just the start.
Why Do People In Dayton Have Ladybugs?
As you just learned, most of the bugs found in the United States, particularly the Dayton area, are considered benign. This is because they don’t transmit disease and they don’t bite. They are virtually here for agricultural control. Over the years, the number of these creatures has grown exponentially. This is because they learned to survive. When first introduced into North America, they were just dropped in gardens and orchards. There was nothing wrong with this, but when winter rolled around, they began dying out.
This was until a few years later when they learned to take up residence in nearby buildings and homes. This is why they make their way into your home. They are there to hibernate or wait out the winter weather. They do not want to be in the home. They are only there because it is a necessity for them.
Are Ladybugs Dangerous?
Throughout our experiences with ladybugs, there have been some reports of the critter stinging and nipping. They’ll sting and nip humans and pets, but they don’t transmit diseases. They also don’t do enough damage to cause any concern. All in all, these critters are virtually benign. All this being said, they can leave behind stains and smells when squashed. Other than this, this is about the biggest threat they pose. This doesn’t mean you want them wandering around the home, but at least, you don’t have to worry about them harming you.
Properly Eliminating Ladybugs
While ladybugs aren’t much of a physical threat, they will not be easy to eliminate. And, this is because they do not construct nests, unlike other insects. They take up residence in the walls, closest facing to the sun. When there, they’ll aggregate instead of nesting. This gives them the ability to adapt on the fly. They don’t need much to thrive and can pack up and move at the drop of a hat. This makes them extremely hard to eliminate, and why the task is best left to a professional. This is something we are more than willing to help with. All you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a ring. Elimination of ladybugs is usually a task that requires the utilization of special chemicals and pesticides.
Is It Possible To Self-Eliminate Ladybugs?
As a pest management professional, we cannot recommend you try eliminating ladybugs on your own. And, this is because it is a process that usually requires the utilization of dangerous chemicals. With a little research and time, you’ll find that there are all kinds of over-the-counter and DIY treatments available. The only problem is most of them aren’t as effective. They simply don’t contain all the necessary ingredients. This is because the necessary ingredients are illegal and only available for purchase to someone with an EPA license or certification.
You can try eliminating the critter yourself and you might see some success early on, but it is highly unlikely you’ll be able to clear the problem entirely up on your own. All in all, you’ll save yourself time and money by just opting for professional assistance right from the beginning.
When Can You Get Here?
Another reason that many people prefer DIY treatments over professional ones is that they can start treating them immediately. We understand that insects can be a nuisance, especially one like the ladybug. When you want them gone, you want them gone as soon as possible. This is something we understand all too well, and why we are more than willing to adapt for our clientele. After giving our office a call and setting up an appointment, we’ll have someone out at the property within the next 24 to 48 hours. With this in mind, we do have specialists standing by that can be dispatched out to properties in the event of emergencies.
Got something you need tending to immediately? Not a problem, just give us a call and we’ll get someone out there right away!
Can I Prevent Ladybug Infestations?
As with any pest, it is best to prevent the problem before it becomes a problem. While you cannot eliminate your chances of experiencing a ladybug infestation, there are plenty of tactical ways to mitigate your risk of infestation. You’d be surprised just how far a little bit can go. Regardless, this is something we’ll help you do. After eliminating ladybugs from the property, we’ll go back through it and provide you with a list of things you can do to prevent future infestations. This might include but is not likely limited to sealing cracks and crevices.