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How to Tell the Difference Between Good & Bad Ladybugs

Ladybug vs. Asian Lady Beetle

So, there are 5 distinct differences between the Ladybug and the Asian Lady Beetle.

  • Ladybugs are harmless, they control garden pests, lives outdoors, they are very good for the environment and there is no”M” shape on their back.
  • Asian Lady Beetles are aggressive, harmful to dogs, invades homes, leaves behind an odor/yellow fluid and it has an “M” shaped spot on their back.

It is important to prevent the Asian Lady Beetles from overwintering in your home by spraying the exterior walls during the Fall months. They can come in through small cracks around windows, doorways and under clap boards.  The Beetle is a pest as well as a beneficial insect.  They are really only a pest by their presence. They do not feed or damage anything in the home.  They are not poisonous to humans.  However, they can have toxic effects on some animals.  Their foul odor deters some predators from eating them and their bright colors also help as a deterrent.

Ladybugs only eat the insects that damage your plants in the garden.  Ladybugs do not damage, but they love the “all-you-can-eat buffet” that sap-sucking aphids and other insects provide for them.

Superstitions surround just about everything on the planet, and the ladybug is no exception.  Where and how a superstition begins is always open for a debate, but in the case of the ladybug, more than likely the thought that if you harm a ladybug you would have bad luck was introduced by either a farmer or a flower gardener, both of whom would have good reason to keep young boys from killing the one thing that was allowing them to have a successful crop.

So, even though the common ladybug is native to America, there are people around the world who believe that it is a symbol of good luck.  And, if you are a farmer with hundreds of acres of crops or simply someone who loves to raise a beautiful flower garden, it truly could be, because the ladybug lives to devour aphids, whiteflies and other bugs that wreak havoc on your plants.

 

Have an Asian Lady Beetle Problem?

For homeowners, knowing the difference between the seasonal occurrence of a few Asian lady beetles in the home and a full-blown infestation can be difficult. This is because the majority of an infestation is likely to be located in areas that are hidden away, such as attics, crawl spaces, and inside walls and ceilings. If you think that you have an Asian lady beetle problem in your home or building, Holper’s will perform a careful inspection and let you know the score.

To schedule a free inspection of your home or building for the presence of Asian lady beetles, call us today at (314) 544-7378, or email us at info@holperspest.com.

 

 

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Ladybug Infestations and Removal: Four Tips for Ladybug Control

“Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home”–this rhyme from your childhood will become your mantra if you find yourself in the unwelcome position of having a ladybug infestation. While considered a lucky presence by some, you will feel decidedly unlucky if you try ladybug removal or ladybug control on your own. DIY ladybug sprays are not the answer–ladybug infestations call for the expertise of trained professionals.

Ladybugs and Asian Lady Beetles–Is There a Difference?

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Asian-Lady-Beetle

Did you know that what we commonly refer to as a ladybug may in fact be an Asian lady beetle? The two are often confused with one another. While similar in appearance, there are some differences that are easy to identify. The shell of a ladybug is red, and features black dots; the shell of an Asian lady beetle will be a yellowish orange color,

and may or may not have black dots. In addition, the Asian lady beetle has markings on the portion of the shell that covers its head, and these markings give the appearance of the letter “W”. Body size is another telltale difference. Ladybugs are larger than Asian lady beetles (8 to 10 mm for a ladybug vs. 7 mm for an Asian lady beetle), although this

distinction is unlikely to be perceived by the naked eye. Consequently, the best way to identify which insect you are seeing is by the shell color and markings that are present.

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Lady-Bug

Unlike ladybugs, Asian lady beetles infest homes and buildings. This means that the ladybug problem you thought you had in your home is actually an Asian lady beetle infestation!

While other insects aggressively invade homes and buildings in search of food, Asian lady beetles tend to gradually infest structures when the weather starts turning colder. Asian lady beetles hibernate and require a protective, warm environment to dwell for chilly autumns and cold winters. Early detection will prove important in deterring a full blown infestation.

Four Helpful Tips to Halt your Asian Lady Beetle Problem

  1. Observe the Exterior of the Structure
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Ladybugs-on-Front-Porch

As the chill of autumn arrives, Asian lady beetles will swarm on the outside of homes      and buildings. They prefer areas of a structure which receive natural sunlight. Light colored structures are more attractive to this insect than are darker colored buildings; however, no structure is immune to infestation.

  1. Look for Beetles Inside of the Structure

Often homeowners will notice the presence of Asian lady beetles shortly after they enter the structure. The beetles enter through small spaces in window frames, and congregate in full sight before hiding away in attics, crawl spaces, ceilings, or wall voids for hibernation. If Asian lady beetles gather in plain view, consider it a warning sign of an impending infestation that will involve other areas, as well.

  1. Consider the Time of the Year
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Ladybugs-by-Chimney

Asian lady beetles typically swarm two times of year–when the weather starts to grow cold and when the weather begins to warm. In autumn, they swarm to hibernate, and in spring they swarm again to exit their structure of hibernation to search for food.

  1. Have a Free Inspection Performed

Just as with other types of pests, seeing a few Asian lady beetles inside your home or building can signify that an infestation is underway. Because the majority of the insect colony will be hidden away where you cannot easily access it, having a free inspection performed by the trained extermination experts from Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions is the best way to determine if you indeed have an infestation.

The Exterminator Experts from Holper’s

For homeowners and business owners, knowing the difference between a seasonal occurrence of a few Asian lady beetles in the home and a full-blown Asian lady beetle infestation can be challenging because the majority of the infestation is likely to be hidden away. If you see Asian lady beetles, call Holper’s expert exterminators at 314-732-1413 to schedule your FREE, careful inspection for this pest today. Holper’s has been helping St. Louis take care of infestation removal and control for over 30 years. Let Holper’s give you back your home.