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What Seattle Property Owners Need To Know About Our Ladybug Pest Management?
The ladybug is a small red, yellow, or orange black polka-dotted insect. The insect is a Coccinellidae, which is a beetle family. Scientists have successfully identified more than 5,000 ladybug species, 450 of which can be found throughout North America. In some countries, ladybugs are viewed as pests because they target crops like blueberries, blackberries, raisins, grapes, dates, and figs. In other countries, the ladybug is viewed as a helpful insect for commercial farmers and gardeners. In this case, the ladybug helps control the aphid population. Aphids are a group of insects that feed on various plant species.
Why Is My Seattle Home Infested With Ladybugs?
Ladybugs are what scientists call an “overwintering pest.” As an overwintering pest, the ladybug invades homes to avoid spending the winter outdoors. Like other overwintering pests, infiltration of ladybugs begins in late fall, continuing until the onset of the winter season.
Ladybugs are also what scientists have deemed a “pantry pest.” These insects invade homes for various reasons. One reason is to overwinter indoors. Another reason is in search of food. Whatever the case may be, the ladybug is an opportunist insect that ends up indoors from time to time. Fortunately, ladybugs do not reproduce indoors, decreasing the risk of a home infestation.
Do Ladybugs Carry Diseases And/Or Parasites?
No, the ladybug species does not transmit diseases or parasites to humans or animals. However, the insect is a nuisance, infiltrating homes at every opportunity. As a member of the Coccinellidae beetle family, the ladybug has been associated with tapeworm infestations. In this case, humans ingest food contaminated with ladybug eggs or larvae. Around 200,000 ladybug-related tapeworm cases are reported year in the United States.
The ladybug has also been linked to foodborne illnesses related to contaminated food ingested by humans. Again, reports are rare, but a possibility.
What Is The Best Ladybug Pest Control Strategy In Seattle?
We believe our professional pest control products and techniques are the best strategy to combat ladybug infestations. Ladybugs are more problematic for Seattle property owners beginning in the late fall, continuing up to the onset of the winter season. We highly recommend routine in-home inspections to help detect live ladybugs in the early phase. A full-blown infestation can result from only a few live ladybugs. Fortunately, ladybug infestations are rarer than other insects because they do nest or reproduce indoors.
Does DIY Pest Management Work For Ladybug Infestations?
DIY pest control products like over-the-counter pesticides may have an impact on a few ladybugs. But, these products will do nothing to a full-blown ladybug infestation. Our professional pest control combines high-strength pesticides, traps, and routine infestations to combat ladybug infestations in all severity levels.
When Will The Exterminator Perform My In-Home Pest Inspection?
We suggest submitting your pest inspection request to our local office in Seattle to get the quickest response. Our Seattle extermination team can perform a visual inspection of a client’s property within 24 to 48 hours of the initial request. If you feel your ladybug case needs immediate professional extermination, do not hesitate to inquire about our professional-grade pesticides.
How To Stop Future Ladybug Infestations?
The best and only way to stop ladybug re-infestations is with our professional pest management. We combine routine inspections with the improvement of your home pest barrier. The pest barrier consists of ceilings, walls, entrance doors, garage doors, windows, and other components that are designed to keep elements, insects, and human intruders out.
The best way to improve your home’s pest barrier is to utilize a waterproof sealant to close potential access points around doors, windows, and plumbing pipes.
We also recommend Seattle residents take advantage of our free pest inspections, consultations, and quotes.