It is not at all uncommon for Minnesotans to see ladybugs inside your homes and businesses in the colder months, though ladybugs typically hunker down for the winter within the bark of a tree. When inside a home or business, you’re likely to see them around windowsills and door trims, or on the ceiling. Do note that they do not pose any threat to people, pets, or the structure of your home. They also do not breed or multiply during the winter. They are simply a nuisance.
What Does The Ladybug Do For Me?
The ladybugs, as you might imagine, originated in Asia, but found their way over to the US. Since the mid-1990’s the ladybug has spread over much of the US, including Minnesota over the past ten or so years. They are considered to be valuable predators in the environment since they prey on aphids, scales, mealybugs, and other insects.
As with any insect, the best method to keep bugs out is to take appropriate measures to prevent them from getting in to begin with. Ladybugs can enter a home or business through the small cracks around doors and windows, specifically, those on the sunny side. They can be easily removed by sweeping them into a container or by vacuuming them up. Do note however, that when disturbed, the ladybug emits an odor that is considered unpleasant and may leave a yellowish stain. Ladybugs have also been known to bite when threatened, though the bite is non-lethal. In fact, it merely feels like a minor prick with a pin. To avoid this, simply wear gloves when handling ladybugs.
Calling On Professional Pest Control
It is not recommended that you spend money on over-the-counter insecticides to rid yourself of the ladybugs, as it has shown to take too many applications of the insecticides to be effective. Your best option is to contact a professional pest removal company, such as EcoTech in Minnesota. EcoTech features eco-friendly and less-toxic forms of pest control and can help to identify ports of entry so that the problem is eradicated for the long-term. To learn more about pest control and how EcoTech’s services can help you, contact any one of these convenient phone numbers: (612) 237-8282, (952) 881-6662, (763) 785-1414, or (651) 260-7378.