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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.