Asian Lady Beetle Identification & Prevention

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Frequently Asked Questions About Asian Lady Beetles

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What are Asian lady beetles?

A beneficial pest because of their feeding habits, Asian lady beetles are a common sight in our lawns and gardens. Asian lady beetles feed on a variety of aphids and other garden pests. These insects have a convex or domed-shaped body that is smooth and shiny. Mostly identified by their red color and black spots, it is important to know that Asian lady beetles come in a variety of other colors, including yellow or orange, and not all species have black spots. The best way to identify Asian lady beetles is by the black “M” or “W” marking that is on the shield.

Are Asian lady beetles dangerous?

Mostly considered nuisance pests, the biggest problem usually associated with Asian lady beetles is they have the potential to invade spaces in very large, difficult-to-control numbers. Also, when crushed, they emit a very unpleasant odor and will stain walls and upholstery with a yellowish fluid. These insects are also considered agricultural pests as some species feed on and damage crops like soybeans, corn, and alpha.

Why do I have an Asian lady beetle problem?

The most common cause of problems with Asian lady beetles is when they discover that your home is a suitable place to overwinter. Asian lady beetles spend most of the year outside, but when the weather begins to cool in the late fall, they move to the warm sunny sides of homes and other buildings. As they crawl up the walls, they find their way inside through openings they discover. When the weather warms back up in the spring, they move back outside to continue their lifecycle. Asian lady beetles are common overwintering pests.

Where will I find Asian lady beetles?

Asian lady beetles are an insect that typically lives outside in yards and gardens. Properties located near or with fields and wooded areas are most susceptible to Asian lady beetle infestations.

After moving inside to overwinter, Asian lady beetles usually seek out moist areas of a home to invade. These pests like to gather in dark, humid areas like attics, behind walls, voids, above ceilings, and behind the trim of doors and windows.

How do I get rid of Asian lady beetles?

Acquiring help from a professional pest control expert is the best way to eliminate Asian lady beetles and keep them from returning. At Albemarle Termite & Pest Control, our technicians are highly trained and dedicated to providing safe and effective pest control services in Elizabeth City that are affordable. We are a local, family-owned home pest control company whose number one priority is putting our customers first and exceeding expectations. For home or business owners looking to eliminate pests from their property once and for all, call Albemarle Termite & Pest Control today!

How can I prevent Asian lady beetles in the future?

Pests are not just a nuisance; they pose potential health risks and are capable of damaging property. Avoid problems with Asian lady beetles with the help of the following prevention tips.

  • Place weather-stripping around windows and doors.
  • Repair damaged screens.
  • Place covers over vents and chimney openings.
  • Seal cracks in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.
  • Repair damaged siding and holes along the roofline.
  • Cut landscaping plants and other vegetation back away from the exterior of your home.
  • If possible, place garden areas a distance away from your home.

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