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Early Appearance of Autumn Invaders

You may take notice of a couple of insects that are making their bothersome appearance a little earlier than usual. The Asian Lady Beetle and the Boxelder bug, both prominent autumn pests, typically look for residences to hide during the cold months of the year, but are displaying a good amount of activity already this August.

Boxelder bugs inherited their name by their preferred food source, the Box Elder tree. But, you can also find them feeding on the sap and seeds of other trees such as Maple, Ash and some other fruit trees. Their damage to trees is typically minor, they do not bite, and they also do not carry any diseases. They do, although, have the capability to leave behind “waste stains” where they have been. With all of that said, you may still consider them a nuisance when you find them covering the sunny side of your home.

Boxelder Bugs are pretty easy to spot. They are about a ½” long and have a black body with red markings on their wings.

Asian Lady Beetles are around 1/3”-1/4” long, they can be yellow-orange to red and 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.

Both bugs are most noticeable during the months of September and October. During that time, Boxelder bugs and Asian Lady Beetles can be found congregating in large numbers on the southern sunny and warm side of buildings, trees and rocks. Once the cooler temperatures of winter begin to set in, they will find their way inside of homes to find a protective place to overwinter.

To prevent Boxelder bugs and Asian Lady Beetles from making a home in your residence:

  • Seal off any cracks or crevices in walls, foundations and around pipes
  • Check for loose vents or entry by exhaust fans
  • Sweep and vacuum to remove and release unwanted beetles
  • Repair any torn window screens or door gaps

If the problem becomes too much to handle, it may be best to call a licensed Pest Management professional to assist.

Ask us about our Fall Preventative Treatment that prevents insects like the Boxelder bug and the Asian Lady Beetle from entering and hibernating in your home over the winter.

Call Safeway Pest Management at our Muskego office at 262-679-4422, our Oconomowoc office at 262-354-3444 or toll free at 800-956-0800 or visit us on the web at http://www.safewaypest.net 

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The Adorable Ladybug or the Asian Lady Beetle?

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.

For more information, give us a call! 262-679-4422 or 800-956-0800

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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.

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