Ladybugs on the Move: Navigating the Seasonal Shuffle Without Stress

Ladybugs on the Move: Navigating the Seasonal Shuffle Without Stress

Spring Pests Stirring in Winter: Navigating Early Activity with Mild Temperatures
February 15, 2024

Ladybugs on the Move: Navigating the Seasonal Shuffle Without Stress

As autumn’s crisp air ushers in the splendor of changing leaves, another less talked about seasonal shift is occurring: ladybugs are on the move, seeking warmth and shelter for the winter months. At E-Town Exterminating we understand that seeing a sudden influx of these spotted beetles can cause concern, but fear not!

It’s worth noting that there are two species of beetles that we commonly call ‘ladybugs’. 

  • Asian Lady Beetle
Photo: Asian Lady Beetle Larvae

This is the beetle that swarm houses. They come in varied shades of orange and red and their spots are just as variable. Although this is a non-native species, it does prove beneficial.

  • Native species of Ladybug

They are a red bodied beetle with black spots. These seldom ever come into the house.

Let’s delve into why ladybugs are congregating around your home and how you can coexist with these beneficial insects until they depart in spring.

Ladybugs Look for Winter Lodgings

Ladybugs, also known as ladybird beetles, are on a mission as the days grow cooler. Their instinct drives them to find a cozy spot to hibernate, which is why you may notice them in abundance outside. But why the sudden increase in visibility? Ladybugs are attracted to light-colored homes, particularly those that receive ample sunlight, warmth, and have natural cracks and crevices that offer ideal hibernation nooks.

No Need for Alarm

While the sight of swarms of ladybugs might be alarming, it’s important to remember that these creatures are generally harmless and can actually benefit you by feeding on aphids and other plant-harming pests. They are not looking to infest your home; they are simply searching for a place to survive the winter. Once they find a suitable spot, they settle in and become dormant, not stirring again until the warmth of spring reinvigorates them.

Managing a Ladybug Layover

If ladybugs have chosen your home for their winter getaway, there’s no need to worry about them eating through your pantry or woodwork – they are merely temporary quiet guests. However, if you prefer not to host these critters, there are humane ways to encourage them to move on:

  • Vacuum Solution: The most straightforward method to remove ladybugs from your home is with a vacuum cleaner. Use a soft attachment to gently suck them up without harm, and then release them outside away from your house. To prevent harm to the ladybugs, you can place a stocking over the vacuum nozzle secured with a rubber band; when you turn off the vacuum, they’ll be caught in the stocking and not in the vacuum bag or canister.
  • Preventative Measures: Seal any openings around windows, doors, and siding to prevent ladybugs from entering in the first place. A bit of caulk can go a long way in keeping them outside where they belong.

Looking Ahead to Spring

When the thaw of spring arrives, these dormant ladybugs will seek the outdoors once again. It’s important to give them a path to leave peacefully, which often involves simply opening windows or doors nearby their congregating areas.

Embrace the Cycle

Remember, ladybugs are part of the natural and beneficial cycle of the ecosystem. Their search for winter refuge is a sign of the changing seasons, a natural rhythm of the environment we all share.

At E-Town Exterminating, while we stand ready to help with any pest issues you encounter, we encourage our clients to consider the role of each creature outdoors and indoors. Ladybugs, in particular, play a valuable part in keeping the balance in our gardens. 

Should you have any concerns or find yourself faced with pressing pest issue this season, we are here to help. Reach out to us for professional advice and service tailored to ensure your home remains a comfortable and pest-managed environment year-round.

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