Every spring and summer, our Houston pest control professionals receive at least one question about ladybugs. Ladybugs are not poisonous to humans, and they eat the aphids that can damage your garden bushes and plants, so let’s be honest: Most of the time, we like them. Ladybugs are not often thought of as pests, due to a perception that they are “cute” bugs emblematic of spring time. For the most part, this is true – but believe it or not, it is possible to experience a frustrating ladybug infestation inside your home.
For the most part, these indoor infestations happen in winter. Here’s what often happens: Homes that have lots of sun exposure are attractions for ladybugs seeking refuge from the cold. The lifecycle of the ladybug can last the winter, if the bugs can get into a warm place to hibernate. If they can hibernate together, they will – and a ladybug infestation is born.
To prevent ladybugs from getting into your home, seal up all the cracks around your windows, doors, clap boards and pipes. In the pest control industry, we call this “inclusion.” If you need recommendations for inclusion on your home, just ask. We will be glad to answer your questions.
What about outdoor ladybug infestations? Those are more common in the spring time, because the bugs breed in the warm outdoors and will colonize on specific plants, or perhaps on the side of a house or other outbuilding (usually, in a spot where the sun hits hard and keeps the wall warm). One method that some homeowners have had good luck with is using a ladybug house.
Ask your local garden shop to direct you to ladybug house products, which you can use to encourage ladybugs to hibernate in and live in even after winter is over. It’s no guarantee, but it might do the trick. If you are experiencing a ladybug infestation that you would like us to take a look at, call our Houston pest control professionals today.