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How To Get Rid Of Ladybugs

How To Get Rid Of Ladybugs

Jim England of Protex Pest Control gives tips on how to rid your home of ladybugs, and you'll be surprised how easy it is. This is one ultimate Do-It-Yourself when it comes to pest control.

So, we're going to talk about ladybugs, or as they're known in the UK, ladybirds. Now, for the last few years, since about 2004, we've been getting meticulous species called harlequins. Now, these are a bit bigger than the ones that we get in the UK, naturally, and they're predatory, they will feed on other ladybirds, they would also feed aphids and other insects.

And basically, we often find, in the home, they congregate around windows, particularly around, you know, you get masses of them. Now, the best way to control them is get a vacuum cleaner out. Basically, just work around the edges; just literally pick them off in the vacuum.

Once you've got them in the bag, best thing to do, empty the bag and bag it up, don't leave them in there because there's a chance that you can get a few escape and you might affect other parts of the house. So, like I say, easy solution with these little critters - get the vacuum out, work around. Like I say, you often find large numbers of them.

Right, so we've got visual here and what you can see with these particular varieties of ladybug or ladybird, basically, it comes in lots of different shapes, well, not shapes but some in colour range. We've got black on red, red on black, black on yellow, yellow on black, oranges, there's probably 50, 60 different varieties but they're all part of the same group, all part of the harlequin group. Like I say, you often find them in large numbers.

They will mass in large numbers and like I say, the best you'd often find them is around window frames. Not a lot you can do to stop them getting into the home, at the end of the day, they're fine insects, so if you got a window open or a door open, they can literally just find a way in. So, not a lot you can do to stop them from getting in but, like I say, when they do get in, get a vacuum out, bag them up, and put them out in your garbage.

And that's how to get rid of ladybugs. .