Ladybeetles and ladybird beetles are other names for ladybugs. Most beetle species in this family are useful insects, however some have a propensity of overwintering in buildings, causing them to become pests. A fully developed ladybug is oval in shape, convex in shape, and about a quarter inch long. The hue of ladybugs can range from a mild yellow orange to a dark orange red. Ladybugs are six-legged insects with wings and antennae. While their body shapes are typically similar, the size and colour of ladybugs vary depending on the species. The species is generally red or orange with black patterns. Ladybugs can be found with over 475 species in the United States and Canada.
Many ladybug species are considered helpful insects because they devour plant-eating insects including aphids, mealybugs, mites, and scale insects, all of which affect crops and plants in gardens. A few ladybugs, such as the Mexican bean beetle and the squash beetle, are harmful and feast on plants.
Ladybug populations often increase in the spring and summer because the seasons favour fragile plants and aphid infestations. Adults look for safe havens to overwinter in the fall, such as under leaves, rocks, and landscape timbers. Other ladybug species have been found in constructions like as houses and buildings.
The majority of ladybug species are not harmful to humans. The multi-colored Asian lady beetle, on the other hand, is known to worsen asthma and induce allergic responses in certain people, making ladybug pest management an important consideration. They also produce a sticky yellow, foul-smelling defence fluid that may discolour whatever it comes into touch with.
Sealing crevices around windows, doors, siding, and utility pipes, behind chimneys, and below the wood fascia and other openings is the most efficient technique to get rid of ladybugs or prevent them from entering houses and structures. Use a silicone or silicone-latex caulk of excellent grade. Screens on doors and windows that have been damaged should be fixed or replaced. A vacuum cleaner can help remove ladybugs that have already entered a home or structure. If a ladybug infestation has formed within a home or structure, the situation should be evaluated and assessed by a professional ladybug pest control operator.