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They are multi-colored, they consume other problematic pests, and they are beautiful to look at, making them one of the most unique insects in the community. Despite all this uniqueness, these little multi-colored beetles can create all kinds of problems. Sure, they might be beneficial in many ways, but they can also create major problems in the home. Therefore, it is imperative to learn everything you possibly can about the ladybug and its lifestyle. Whatever the situation, our Davenport, Iowa pest management services are available to you. All you must do is pick up the phone and give us a ring, we’ll do our best to get a professional on your property as soon as possible for a complete and full evaluation.
Not A Bug At All
While there are plenty of interesting things about the ladybug, one of the more is the fact they are not bugs at all. Despite their name, they’re a beetle of the insect class. When it comes to the lady part of their name, this evokes another interesting story. While they are not lady-like at all, this portion of their name is a shortened version of the “beetle of Our Lady”. Interestingly enough, this came from European farmers.
Back in the 1800s, European farmers found themselves battling such a prevalent nuisance insect problem they begun praying to the Mother Mary for reprieve. A short time later the ladybug showed up and cleared the issue. Given that they have an immense appetite for specific aphids, the ladybug was just the answer the farmers needed.
The Color Of The Ladybug
Most people make the assumption that all ladybugs are red-shelled with black dots. This is without a doubt the most well-known color combination of the ladybug. However, ladybugs aren’t always these colors. They can appear in a variety of combinations. Have you ever wondered why this is? It comes down to their DNA. Like any species, the ladybug species has evolved over the years, and now these beetles can appear in a variety of color combinations. You’ll see white, gray, orange, yellow, brown, and a whole host of color combinations.
The Halyzia sedecimguttatta is the orange ladybugs with several interesting characteristics. The first being, this species thrives on white mildew that can oftentimes be found below the surfaces of leaves.
Why Remove Ladybugs From The Home
Despite what you’ve learned about ladybugs thus far the insect does pose a threat. They aren’t much of a physical threat, but there have been some reported cases where certain species have nipped on a human. This is just the start of the potential problems the pest poses. The ladybug also secretes a toxin from its knees that stains and stinks. It’s like a defensive tactic that deters other insects, and they’ll do the same when threatened by humans.
This chemical substance is known as a toxin, but it is nothing more than a nuisance. It just stinks and stains. It won’t cause any undue physical harm. This beautifully colored little beetle also has a voracious appetite for garden and houseplants. With the ability to consume as many as 5,000 smaller aphids in a lifetime, they can do immense damage to delicate blooms, fruits, vegetables, and ornamental plants.
Removing Ladybugs From The Home
As a Davenport pest management professional, we can never fully recommend one to rely on DIY and over-the-counter ladybug treatments. This is simply because they aren’t effective as the tools and methods we use. With this in mind, it doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can’t or shouldn’t try. The best and most effective place to start is with their scent. When ladybugs are in the home, you’ll notice a specific smell.
These beetles use this perceptible odor to guide them to and from their homes, although they don’t really build nests or colonies. They kind of just huddle, but eliminating this smell could clear up your problems. The best way to approach this very task is with citrous oil or citronella. If the ladybug can’t smell its home, it’ll look elsewhere. From here, you can let us take over and apply our professional pest management techniques.