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Reducing Ladybugs and Lady Beetles from Your Home or Garden

The Asian Lady Beetle, not to be confused with the native American Ladybug, is an invasive species introduced into the United States in the mid-1980s to reduce aphids and scale insects that were damaging crops. Since then, they have spread throughout North America, displacing the indigenous ladybug population to become the dominant Coccinellidae beetle. Asian lady beetles are considered a nuisance pest as they cluster to the exterior of homes and crops to bask in the sun and consume your harvest. For professional, efficient control of all types of beetle or bug infestations, Creature Control can help.

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Characteristics of Ladybugs and the Asian Lady Beetle

It can be difficult to distinguish between the indigenous American ladybug and the Asian lady beetle. Both look a lot alike and both are members of the Coccinellidae family and both exhibit similar behaviors. The Asian Lady Beetle has a very distinctive white “W” shape on the back of its head and they can vary in color, usually orange, yellowish tan, or red with black spots. The American ladybug does not have the white “W” spot behind its head; instead, it’s shiny and black with two tiny white circles and their domes are scarlet red with black spots. They both seek shelter to hibernate during the winter, typically in October, seeking into crevices and dry areas, only becoming active again when the temperature rises above 50 °F. Asian Lady beetles have good eyesight and a very developed sense of location and will return to a favored sunning spot if removed, often the sides of buildings facing the south or west. They also seem to prefer to land on surfaces that are white or light-colored.

Problematic Ladybugs and Asian Lady Beetles

Ladybugs and Asian Lady Beetles can become a nuisance as the weather turns colder and they start to swarm your home looking for a warm, dry place to spend the winter. These swarms can crawl through small openings in your house, leading to an infestation. Though these infestations are harmless, you probably still want to get rid of them.

Asian lady beetles are commonly considered a nuisance pest because they are somewhat aggressive and have a tendency to bite if provoked or moved. Their bites are not poisonous or extremely painful, but in some cases, the bite of an Asian lady beetle can cause an allergic reaction leading to Rhinoconjunctivitis, commonly known as “pink-eye.” They also can stain curtains and other fabric material with their secretions, known as hemolymph, that they use as a defensive odor when under attack. The chemical is highly concentrated and has a foul, unpleasant odor detectable even by humans. Hemolymph is corrosive and can cause chemical burns to the inside of dogs’ mouths and gastrointestinal tracts when eaten. Typically, dogs will stop after swallowing just a few as the taste is extremely bad. Still, there have been cases in which beetles have attached themselves to the roof of the dogs’ mouth causing infection and severe illness over time without treatment.

Both the ladybug and the Asian lady beetle are coveted for their roles as natural pest control agents but the latter have hearty appetites that can extend to other non-pests like monarch butterfly eggs and larvae. Asian lady beetles are also becoming a problem in vineyards as they accidentally get harvested along with the grapes, affecting the taste of the wine. The number of American ladybugs is dwindling as well because the Asian lady beetle is choking out the resources for them. Neither does any physical damage to property, except for eating garden plants and crops, their invasion of homes by the thousands and their congregating on window panes ensures that they wear out their welcome rather quickly. Asian lady beetles will crawl into cracks and crevices of the home, seeking warmth for the winter. Once inside, the insects can crawl or fly around rooms and land on windows, walls, and furniture.

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Removing Infestations

To prevent infestations from coming into your home or business, walk the perimeter of your building and seal any cracks or crevices as ladybugs and Asian lady beetles are looking for a place to stay warm during the winter. For minor infestations, use sticky tape or vacuum pests up for removal, but be sure not to squash them as they may attempt to bite, leave stains, or put yourself at risk for allergic reactions. For larger infestations that can potentially place your pets at risk, or threaten your crops, or to combat out-of-control swarms invading your home or business, call Creature Control for pest management solutions. Our experienced wildlife control technicians will accurately assess your bug infestation and create a plan to safely eradicate Asian lady beetles in the safest, most environmentally friendly manner possible.

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Scratching during the day may indicate the presence of a bat, but this is uncommon.

More common sources of scratching or clawing during the day is a squirrel or a yellowjacket hive in the drywall, if it is summer.

A scratching sound coming from the attic is a good indication of the presence of a bat. The scratching may be constant or intermittent and may occur at day or night, though with a bat, this scratching will usually be heard at night. This is the sounds of the claws on the bat's wings as it moves around.

It may also indicate the presence of mice, however. An inspection is necessary to more directly pinpoint the source of the sound.

Gnawing sounds during the day are almost always due to the presence of a rodent, such a mouse, squirrel, chipmunk, or sometimes a rat. Rodents are characterized by their large incisor teeth, which continually grow and must be worn down by constant gnawing. Rodents will gnaw on wires, insulation and anything else they can find in an attic. Many house fires due to electrical problems are caused by damaged wires due to squirrel gnawing.

If you are hearing gnawing or chewing sounds at night, it may indicate the presence of a raccoon. Usually this will be accompanied by other noises, such as heavy walking. If you do not hear this, it may be a flying squirrel or some other rodent.

A "rolling" sound is usually due to the presence of a red squirrel bringing in nuts or other debris and rolling it around up in the attic, as squirrels will use attics to hoard food. If you hear this sound during the day, it is certainly a red squirrel, since red squirrels are the only mammals that commonly get into attics that are active during the day (flying squirrels get into attics as well but they are nocturnal). The "rolling" sound associated with a squirrel is sometimes described as the sound of marbles rolling.

If it is not a squirrel, there's a possibility a rolling sound could be made by birds moving around in a tight space.

Rolling sounds at night can be caused by flying squirrels, which are nocturnal. It is made by the squirrel bringing nuts or other debris into the attic or wall.

Raccoons may also make a rolling sound, though this is less common.

Scampering or scurrying during the day is almost always attributable to a squirrel, as most other scurrying animals (such as mice) are nocturnal.

A scurrying or scampering sound at night is usually due to mice moving through the walls, ceiling, or along the floor.

Nocturnal flying squirrels may make this noise as well; peak periods of activity for flying squirrels are just before dawn and shortly after sunset. Their scurrying is light and fast.

Raccoons may also make this sort of noise, but with a raccoon it will be more of a "walking" sound, a bit heavier than a squirrel, and not as fast.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

If you can clearly hear the sound of flapping during the day, it is definitely a bird.

If you hear flapping at night, it is either a trapped bird or a bat. Nuisance birds are generally not active at night, so if you hear flapping it may be a bird that has become trapped. The flapping of a bat's wings is very soft, almost like a dull whirring. If you hear a very faint, soft whirring, it may mean a bat is flying around nearby in the dark.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall. It is not as common at night, but certainly can happen then as well if the hive is big enough.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by the presence of a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.

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