Asian lady beetles are often mistaken for the insect we call a ‘ladybug*. However, despite sharing the same kingdom, phylum, class, and order, the insects have two differences that are easy to spot. First, the top shell of a ladybug is red with black dots, while the shell of an Asian lady beetle is orangish yellow and may or may not have black dots. Second, unlike ladybugs, Asian lady beetles Infest homes and buildings, which brings us to the subject of this Wog_
Signs of an Asian Lady Beetle Infestation
Unlike insects that aggressively invade homes and buildings In search of food, Asian lady beetles tend to Infest structures gradually as the weather turns from warm to cold. This is because the bugs hibernate and need a warm place to stay for the duration of chilly autumns and cold winters, So, how can you identify a potential Asian lady beetle problem and stop it in its infancy instead of wailing for a full-blown infestation to happen? Below are four helpful tips.
- Observe the Exterior of the Structure
As the chill of Aulumn sets in, Asian lady beetles swarm on the outside of buildings and residences. The bugs particularly prefer parts of a structure that receive plenty of natural sunlight. Light colored structures, such as those with white siding or cream colored masonry,
are more attractive to the bugs than structures whose exteriors have dark materials, such as red brick and dark wood siding. However, dark colored structures are not Immune to infestation,
- Look for Beetles Inside the Structure
Many homeowners and building owners notice the presence of Asian lady beetles shortly after they enter the structure. This is because the bugs can enter through small spaces in window frames and start congregating in full site instead of hiding away in an attic or inside walls, although these areas commonly harbor Infestations. too If you noticE the beetles congregating In plain sight, consider it a warning sign of an impending infestation that involves other areas, as well.
- Consider the Time of Year
Asian lady beetles typically swarm when the weather starts to get seasonably cold and seasonably warm. The insects swarm and Infiltrate structures in search of a warm place to hibernate. Then, when the warmth of spring arrives, they swarm again and naturally exit the area of hibernation in search of sustenance. Unlike insect pests that like to dine on human cuisine. the Asian lady beetle devours small insects that it searches out in when the weather is warm
- Have a Free inspection Performed
Like other types of insect infestations, seeing a few Asian lady beetles inside a home or a building can signify that an infestation is underway, Because the majority of the insect colony could be hidden away in places that the structure’s owner can’t access easily, having a free inspection performed is the best way to determine whether an infestation is indeed present
The season for Asian lady beetle infestations grows near. If your think that your home or building has an Asian lady beetle problem, don’t wait for the potential infestation to grow. Instead, call Holpers Pest & Animal Control Solutions today at (314) 732-1413 to schedule a free inspection of your residence or building, or simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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