Ladybugs…. You may remember my irritated article from over a month ago about ladybugs in my own home. Any cracks or crevices that you have in your home that allow outside access to the inside will be found. They reproduce quickly and smell funny when they die. They swarm during warm hours of the day all over the walls and windows (usually near where they entered, by the way). Ladybugs will consume pests that eat plants, which is actually beneficial to your gardens and yard; however, they are not nearly as effective in this when they are simply sitting on your walls and running into your light fixtures endlessly! Here are a few tips to help you get rid of any remaining ladybugs in your home and provide a positive outlet for their existence around your home.
- Seal everything! Behind chimneys and around windows, by doors and where siding is on your walls, underneath wood fascia and any other openings. What do you seal with? Our suggestion is a silicone or silicone-latex caulk (watch for allergies if you have latex allergies, and use good-quality caulk).
- If you need to get rid of existing and visible ladybugs, then whip out the vacuum and go to work! Getting rid of a current infestation can also be done by calling us here at Cartersville Termite and Pest Control 770-479-1598. We can also determine likely entry pathways of ladybugs and seal it for prevention of future infestation and maintenance of your sanity. (No, we aren’t counselors, but we’ve found that eliminating pests makes many people happy)
- Ladybugs actually do NOT like citrus scents or citronella, so if you place this in areas where the infestation is serious, it might help reduce their presence.
- Lastly, if you have a lot of plants inside which might have aphids on them (plant-eating bugs), then we would suggest watching closely while plants are flowering for any signs of aphids on your plants.
Thanks for reading, and if you have any questions about ladybugs or other pests in your home, then feel free to give us a call today at Canton Termite and Pest Control. Have a great week!