Back in September you may have noticed an abundance of ladybugs inside your home. That is completely normal, as they are attracted to warm places as they prep for hibernation.
“But Aerex,” you wonder. “That was back in the fall. Why are ladybugs in my house now?”
Ladybugs hibernate in all the most inconvenient places for homeowners. Under siding, roof shingles, within soffits, wall cavities, attics and cracks around windows are some of their favorites. The good news is that ladybugs pose no health risks or damages to your home. They don’t eat building materials, wood or clothing, and have no interest in eating our food.
“But Aerex,” you say. “I still don’t understand why I am finding ladybugs in my home.”
You are finding ladybugs in your home because they awaken as the weather starts to warm up. Additionally, ladybugs are in your house because of pheromones. When one finds a suitable spot in the fall, it produces a pheromone that attracts others, so it is common to find dozens if not hundreds at a time.
“Great,” you say. “So how do I get rid of ladybugs?”
Unfortunately, there is no perfect way to handle a ladybug infestation. Once they get in, they are difficult to get rid of. Luckily, they will naturally head back outdoors during springtime. The best way to get rid of ladybugs is by preventing them in the first place. Our tip for next fall? Seal cracks around windows, doors and roof soffits.
While ladybugs pose no health risks or danger, we understand they can become a nuisance inside the home. If you still want ladybugs out of your home, give us a call. Aerex technicians understand the habits of each ladybug species and use that knowledge when developing a ladybug control program, which is best suited to your home and your particular ladybug problem. In the meantime, there are a few simple ways to keep their presence to a minimum. Try sweeping them away with a broom or vacuuming up larger groups.