Ladybirds appear out of nowhere, swarming around your windows and doors when the weather becomes cooler. While one ladybug may be cute, an entire army of them is an annoyance. Removing ladybirds from your home isn't difficult but may be time consuming. Several methods are available to rid your house of ladybirds. After removing the ladybirds, you may want to examine your house and take preventive measures to ensure that a new batch of ladybirds cannot infest your home.
Pesticides and Traps
Like many insects, ladybirds are attracted to light. Insect light traps, available at home improvement stores, can help solve your infestation problem. When ladybirds approach the light, they are killed and stored in the trap. The traps contain removable cartridges, making it easy to dispose of the bugs without actually touching them. Light traps should be placed around doors and windows.
Spraying pesticides on the ladybirds is an effective way to kill them. While pesticides work quickly, they shouldn't be used if you have young children or pets who may accidentally ingest the pesticides. Avoid using pesticides in the kitchen as they may contaminate food and food preparation areas. Once the ladybirds have died, promptly dispose of them.
Sweeping and Vacuuming
You don't necessarily need expensive sprays or traps to get rid of ladybirds in your home. A broom and dustpan can used to remove the bugs from floors. After you sweep up the ladybirds, release them in your yard, far from your house.
Vacuuming is the best way to reach bugs that can't be swept into a dustpan. After vacuuming the ladybirds, place the vacuum cleaner bag or contents of the canister into a trash bag. Close the bag securely and place it in an outdoor dustbin. If you are concerned about the ladybirds returning to your home, a quick spray of pesticide will kill them.
After you have got rid of a ladybug infestation, it is important to take steps to prevent a new one. According to the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, ladybirds are more likely to enter your house on a sunny day following a period of cooler weather.
You can prepare for and prevent any future infestations by carefully inspecting the areas around your doors and windows for cracks that may serve as entrances for the bugs. Use caulk to repair small cracks and replace damaged wood if there are large cracks or holes around doors or windows. Apply weather stripping to the bottom of your doors to eliminate gaps. Ladybirds can also enter your home through gaps or holes around pipes and electrical wires. These areas should also be caulked or repaired. Tiny holes or tears in window or door screens may allow ladybirds to enter your home. Holes should be repaired with a patching kit, available at home improvement stores, or the screen should be replaced if there is a large hole.