3 tips to get rid of ladybugs
Spring has arrived and with the heat comes its share of critters and insects. Among the most swarming insects we find in particular the Asian ladybug.
Imported to Louisiana in 1988 from Asia as a biological control agent against aphids, this species quickly adapted to the local climate to become one of the most invasive species.
Ladybugs are not necessarily pests, but when they gather in the hundreds or even thousands, the situation is quite different. Here is a small guide to differentiate the European ladybug from the Asian ladybug as well as a list of tips to help you get rid of it.
How to tell the European ladybug from the Asian ladybug?
If you find ladybugs in your home, it's important to be able to recognize them and determine what type they are. The Asian ladybug is an invasive species and reproduces very quickly, if you find this type of ladybug, you may face an invasion.
The European ladybug ( Adalia bipunctata) can be recognized by its well-defined dots. She stays outside when winter comes.
The Asian lady beetle (harmonia axyridis) has an "m" shaped spot on the back of its neck, is larger than other lady beetles and enters houses when winter comes. It is an invasive species that spreads very quickly.
Method to get rid of ladybugs without killing them
Mixture of camphor and mint
This method is one of the best there is because it doesn't require killing ladybugs. Mix camphor and mint in a spray bottle. Spray the places where the ladybugs hang out. The ladybugs will leave, because they hate the smell of this mixture. Repeat several times for best results.
The vacuum cleaner
As silly as it may sound, using a vacuum cleaner to get rid of ladybugs is one of the best solutions if you want to avoid using extermination products. You just have to release them afterwards far from your home.
Another good solution is to prevent ladybugs from entering your home in the first place. To do this, seal all cracks, repair screens and caulk your doors and windows.
For more information on ladybugs and the different ways to prevent them from entering your home, do not hesitate to contact the experts at Suprême Gestion Parasitaire. Our specialists can take care of your insect infestation problems.