Earlier this winter, millions of biting ladybugs began to infiltrate homes in North America, keeping Pest Control Technicians busy. While we usually think of ladybugs as cute, harmless creatures, a particularly nasty breed has consistently become much more common in the past few months.
According to entomologist Christopher Buddle, this new species is called the Asian lady beetle, and was brought to America a few decades ago to help contain crop-destroying pests that posed an enormous threat to many American farmers. But, like many transplant species, the Asian lady beetle population has begun to grow uncontrollably.
This new invasive species is now even more common than the typical “nine spotted” ladybug in some regions. This is terrible news for homeowners in areas where Asian lady beetles are becoming more common, especially those of us living in the Cleveland/Chattanooga area.
Asian lady beetles are aggressive and tend to travel in massive swarms looking for a warm place to live during the colder months. They’re small enough to enter our homes through cracks and crevices, and stay there all winter long. The beetles produce a nasty odor and fluid if disturbed, and have been known to bite people when provoked.
These “stinkers” are hard to tolerate, and even harder to get rid of. A single fertile Asian lady beetle can produce up to 1000 eggs, which all hatch in under seven days. Using a vacuum or sticky tape can fix the problem temporarily, but home owners usually need to work a bit harder to free their homes completely.
It’s important to remember that over 98% of pest-control related deaths are caused by homeowners attempting DIY pest control. Here at Volunteer Rid-A-Pest, we offer a FREE, no risk home inspection to help your family stay safe and keep pesky bugs away from your Tennessee home.