Ladybugs can be very beneficial to gardens, as they eat aphids and other sap feeders. While known for their red shell and black spots, they are less known for their ability to cause serious ladybug infestations in Northern VA homes. Ladybugs and their close cousins the Asian Lady Beetle, can enter homes through small cracks in windows, doors, and walls. Once they are in your home they will crawl over everything and eventually die and leave an odor in your home.
Ladybugs do have a distinctive look – as do lady beetles. Ladybugs are red with black spots, while lady beetles are orange with black spots. It’s hard to confuse them with other bugs. What you should know is that they eat a wide variety of pests – namely aphids, various destructive beetle species, spider mites, mealybugs, whiteflies, and more.
You might already know you have a ladybug infestation. But here are the signs ladybug pest control technicians look for in Northern VA.
The only sign of ladybugs is to see them. They might be flying around your property, or they could be gathered in large numbers, which happens a lot, with Asian Lady Beetles.
Your technician will conduct a thorough ladybug inspection of your home/property and provide a customized ladybug treatment plan that will be most effective for your situation.
You will receive a detailed report of the service provided and helpful recommendations to remain ladybug free.
We come back regularly throughout the year to ensure the ladybugs don’t come back. If you see any ladybug activity between your regularly-scheduled service, simply give us a call. We’ll come back for free!
Fox Pest Control provides ladybug control services in Northern VA and the surrounding areas, including:
If you have plants in your yard, you probably have ladybugs —
but they're harmless, right?
Some folks even think it's good luck if one lands on them.
After all, they do eat other insects that damage your plants,
but ladybugs can eat your plants, too.
They're no picnic, especially if you have more than a few.
When you have a lot of ladybugs, it's really tough to get rid of them without the help of an expert.
At Fox Pest Control, we specialize in getting rid of ladybugs and other trouble-causing pests in your home and yard.
Lots of ladybugs?
We'll send a licensed and certified technician to your home the same day you call.
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The most effective way to get rid of ladybugs in Northern VA is by calling Fox Pest Control. We can remove them for you and keep your home safe and comfortable. Call Fox Pest Control today for a free quote and to return your home to you.
Ladybugs aren’t necessarily harmful, but some can become a nuisance. The main species that can become a problem in Northern VA is the Asian lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis, which is an invasive species in the U.S. They can become a nuisance in your home by overpopulating the area and crawling all over the house, the yard, and other areas.
While they don’t sting and aren’t venomous, some ladybugs can bite if they feel threatened, but their bites usually don’t hurt. Still, too much of a good thing (especially with a ladybug infestation), isn’t good after all.
Most ladybug species in Northern VA will release a foul-smelling chemical fluid if you pick them up. This fluid is meant to deter predators from eating them, so it won’t harm you as long as you wash your hands and clean up afterward.
Most ladybugs are beneficial to your Northern VA garden by eating plant-sucking insects like aphids and scale.
No, ladybugs don’t make nests.
There are about 5000 species worldwide, but only around 500 in the USA. In any event, too much of a good thing (especially with a ladybug infestation), isn’t good after all.
No. It’s a common myth that the number of spots tells the age of a ladybug. Different types of ladybugs have varying numbers of spots. Some spots are black, others are white.
Ladybugs in Northern VA will devour plant pests like scales and aphids, which will latch onto a plant and suck its juices out using their beak-shaped mouth, called a “stylet.” Still, too much of a good thing (especially with a ladybug infestation), isn’t good after all.
In general, yes, ladybugs go after most aphids. However, they don’t like to eat all aphids, as some aphid “flavors” aren’t as savory to them as others.
If a Fox Pest Control customer has an infestation of covered pests in their Northern VA home or business between regularly scheduled Home Protection Plan treatments, we will come back and perform targeted treatments to get rid of the pest at no charge. If Fox Pest Control cannot resolve the problem after three such targeted treatments, we will cheerfully refund the customer’s last monthly subscription fee, as long as all other terms of the agreement have been met.
And if you see any pest activity between your regularly scheduled treatments, simply give our Northern VA office a call; we'll come back at no additional charge.
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