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What Dallas Residents Need To Know About Ladybug Infestation And Pest Control!
The ladybug is a member of the Coccinellidae beetle order and Endopterygota superorder. The beetle also fits the insect classification “pantry pest.” Some beetle species invade homes to avoid buildings to avoid the harsh cold winter season outdoors. Others invade buildings in search of food when it is scarce outdoors.
The adult ladybug grows up to ½” in length. They vary in color between orange, yellow, and red with tiny black spots. The wings are covered with a shell-like material to minimize damage during impact injuries. Scientists have identified more than 5,000 ladybug species, 450 of which are found in North America.
Why Is My Home Infested With Ladybugs?
Ladybugs are drawn to the indoors in the late fall in preparation for the harsh winter climate. While Dallas has mild winters, ladybugs still overwinter. And, if at all possible, they will overwinter indoors away from cold weather.
Being in the late fall season, ladybugs begin to look for vulnerabilities in building structures. Something as small as a tiny crevice or gap between a door and door frame can be utilized beetles to infiltrate a building. If your home is infested with these insects, it had vulnerabilities.
Do Ladybugs Transmit Diseases And Parasites?
No, ladybugs do not carry diseases or parasites. However, the ladybug insect species have been associated with foodborne illnesses. Ladybugs are exposed to contamination during their travels. They also eat contaminated edibles that are evacuated from the body through fecal material. The contaminated feces and other contaminated materials are eventually deposited in food, which is ingested by humans, resulting in foodborne illnesses.
What Is The Best Pest Control Approach For Ladybug Infestations?
We believe our professional pest management is the best extermination method for ladybug infestations. Our professional pest control includes routine visual inspections, an effective treatment plan, and a prevention strategy. We strive to deliver a successful pest control initiative every time.
Our ladybug pest control combines multiple treatments into a single plan to ensure a more cost-effect approach for Dallas residents. We also offer customized ladybug pest management to those who are concerned about the environment due to pesticide exposure.
Are DIY Pest Control Pesticides Effective Against Ladybug Infestations?
Ladybug infestations range from mild to severe, with the latter being the worst. We believe DIY pesticides could show some promise for mild ladybug infestations but will do nothing for moderate to severe infestations. We believe our professional-grade pest control is the solution for these infestations because it consists of routine visual inspections, pesticides, traps, and rep repeat infestation prevention.
DIY pest control, on the other hand, is just an over-the-counter pesticide, which may or may not be effective in eradicating ladybugs.
When Will The Exterminator Be Available For The Ladybug Inspection?
We can usually dispatch an exterminator out to a client’s home within 24 to 48 hours of the initial pest inspection request. If you believe your ladybug problem deserves immediate attention, please feel free to inquire about our same-day and emergency pest control services.
What Is The Best Pest Control Prevention Strategy For Repeat Ladybug Infestations?
The best solution to prevent repeat ladybug infestations is a group pest control effort. We recommend starting by targeting your home’s vulnerabilities. In this case, the access points around doors, windows, electrical wiring, and plumbing pipes. Utilizing a waterproof sealant, such as silicone and caulk to fill in small cracks, crevices, and gaps. Fill in large openings with plywood and follow-up with a waterproof sealant.
An effective food storage system utilizing glass and thick plastic sealed containers will prevent ladybug-foodborne illnesses in the event an infiltration is reported. We also suggest updating your household waste disposal routine. Instead of waiting until the trashcan is completely full, empty at half-full, and transport to an outdoor covered waste bin.
We will work with you to ensure your home is pest-free first. Once your home is deemed “pest-free,” we will start working on a prevention strategy. The strategy will target your home’s pest barrier to eliminate all potential access points.