Wacky Pest Wednesday: Ladybugs

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Happy Wednesday Tri-County Pest Control fans, and welcome to our latest edition of Wacky Pest Wednesday!  Please join us today as we cover a pest that we talked about in our Monday blog and one that you may come across this winter: the ladybug.

Sure, you may associate ladybugs with the spring and summer, but the truth is that the most common time for ladybugs to become a problem is in the winter.  See, during the winter, ladybugs will try to find shelter from the elements, and they do so in droves. Your house makes for a prime location for these critters, and most ladybug infestations that happen this time of year come with plenty of ladybugs all around.  Even though you may be overwhelmed at the sheer number of critters, they are not match for our pest removal powers!

While you may be mesmerized by the spots that these ladybugs have, did you know that the black spots have an actual purpose?  Believe it or not, the spots on the ladybugs serve as a warning to potential predators, and in animal sign language, it means that they taste terrible.  Thanks to this method (and by secreting a foul-tasting fluid from their legs), ladybugs are one of the least-preyed upon insects out there.  However, this comes with a potential downside, as being the least-preyed upon insect means that there are a lot more of them which can invade your home.

Did you know that ladybugs are voracious eaters?  During the course of their life, a ladybug can consume up to 5,000 aphids—a truly wacky number!  So, while you may be caught off guard at the sheer number of ladybugs you may come across in an infestation, at least they are hard at work at eating all other sorts of pests!

We hope that you don’t find a battalion of ladybugs in your home this winter, but if you do, know that you can always drop us a line.  We’ll be there in a jiffy to help you out.

Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday!

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