“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?
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.
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
- Observe the Exterior of the Structure
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.
- 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.
- Consider the Time of the Year
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.
- 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.