Some people find it confusing to find that some ladybugs are dotted and red (the Common Ladybug), while others are orange with dots (the Asian Lady beetle). There are actually about 5,000 species of the insect!
There really isn’t much difference in the two types, besides that the Asian Lady beetle has become quite the nuisance to home and business owners in Wisconsin and even nationwide. On the flip side, they are very beneficial to the farming community.
Asian lady beetles (Harmonia axyridis), were first introduced to the U.S. in 1916 as a way to help control pests such as aphids and other soft-bodied arthropods. After about 1988, populations of Lady beetles began to explode and create a problem.
After a good frost, lady beetles will find shelter in homes and buildings. You can find them resting on the Southwestern sides of homes and buildings, usually in the afternoon hours. When seeking warmth, they will crawl on the siding and find their way in around windows, vents, doors, attics, wall voids, or cracks in the foundation. Once inside, they will usually remain there until their area warms up again (usually until the temperature is around 50 °F).
Safeway Pest Management offers a couple options for the eradication of Asian Lady beetles. We offer a one-time service and/or a Fall power spray service that will aid in the prevention of lady beetles entering and hibernating in your home or business over the winter.
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Some Asian Lady Beetle Facts:
They are around 1/3”-1/4” long
They can be yellow-orange to red
They can have anywhere from 0-22 spots on their wings
Their diet includes plants such as: evergreens, apple and maple trees, alfalfa, wheat, cotton, tobacco, and small grains
Asian Beetles emit an unpleasant odor and can stain surfaces with their yellowish secretions if disturbed
To prevent unwanted Lady Beetles from entering your home:
Seal any cracks in windows, doors, or other places they might enter the house
Sweep and Vacuum to remove and release unwanted beetles from indoors
If a problem becomes too daunting or overwhelming, it’s best to call a professional, licensed pest management company to assist.