Asked on Feb 24, 2020

How can we keep ladybugs out of our farmhouse?

Peggy BurnetteLifestyles HomesSimple Nature Decor
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We have a farmhouse where ladybugs are dropped in mass from helicopters for pest control on crops. We've sealed the house everywhere we have found but they still get in. Looking for something to drive them out. Thanks!


7 answers
  • Gk
    on Feb 24, 2020

    You can spray the outside of your house with chemicals to keep any bugs away. Or you can let them in and suck them up in your vacuum where you find them. Not a great decision to have to make.

  • Cynthia H
    on Feb 24, 2020

    Since I've never had to deal with that many ladybugs, I have always just scooped them up and put them back outside. Your issue is different, so I found this article for you that goes into how to deal with them.


    https://www.terminix.com/pest-control/lady-bugs/removal/

    • Kathy Gunter Law
      on Feb 24, 2020

      Thanks for the link. I like the citrus oil idea and think I will try that. After reading that, I vaguely remember something about it. Hoping it won't intefere with the lavender which I use to keep away stinkbugs. I may also try the mums but it's still too cold for that (28 this weekend). I might though in some cloves or bay leaves if the citrus doesn't cut it. Here's hoping I don't make it smell bad with the combinations.

  • Mogie
    on Feb 24, 2020

    When they collect in a certain area leave them alone until the temp drops a little (they won't be inclined to fly around if you bother them when it is cooler). Then grab your vacuum cleaner and vacuum them up.

    Make sure that you immediately change your vacuum bag and take it outdoors or they will re-infest your home.

    Ace hardware sells a product called "Bug Be Gone"-this stuff works great-just keep it away from your children and pets.

    • Kathy Gunter Law
      on Feb 24, 2020

      Since we have 10' ceilings and they are up the walls & on the ceiling, vacuuming doesn't work. I guess I should have added that to the post. I would have thought the cold would get rid of them but it was 28 degrees this weekend and I capture about 30 off a window which I threw in the toilet & flushed. Maybe they are trying to get in from the cold as we enter & exit the house? But oh yes, they do stink! I'll check out the Bug Be Gone if the citrus on another suggestion doesn't work. Thanks!

  • Redcatcec
    on Feb 24, 2020

    Take a look at this link, it explains what is going on with them and what you can do to help the situation you have:


    https://www.ladybuglady.com/infestation.htm


    Best to you.

    • Kathy Gunter Law
      on Feb 25, 2020

      Wow, that’s an interesting article. I think these may be looking for a warm place. They were dumped too early in my opinion.

    • Kathy Gunter Law
      on Feb 25, 2020

      Thanks for the article. I already have a spray bottle of soapy water but don't like using it because of the streaks it leaves but if it stops reproduction, I am all for it. I also already have diatomaceous earth, we used to have spider issues. It sounds like it is time for a sprinkling again.

  • Lifestyles Homes
    on Feb 25, 2020

    This sounds like where I used to live, So Cal.

    Sevin is a pesticide that is safe for gardens & pets. I would use the liquid version in an Ortho hose-sprayer & hose down the house & adjacent yards.

    • Kathy Gunter Law
      on Feb 25, 2020

      I've got some Sevin but it's granules. I wonder if that would work. I could spray the outside of the house but I don't have any idea how far out we would have to go. We have 85 acres and they drop them by the thousands over all the area. Wondering if I did a perimeter around the house, maybe 150 feet if that would work.

  • Peggy Burnette
    on Feb 27, 2020

    Hi Kathy, so sorry you are dealing with the pesky ladybugs. You can spray them with soapy water and they will die, but I know you want to keep them out. Hope this will help you. good luck. Citrus scents: Asian lady beetles detest the smell of citrus (as do most other bugs). Apply a citrus oil, such as lemon, orange, grapefruit or even lemongrass (not technically a citrus, but ladybugs still hate the smell) to infested areas to keep them away.Sep 19, 2016


    19 Effective Ways to Get Rid of (& Prevent) Ladybugs Completely ...

    www.pestwiki.com › kill-and-prevent-ladybugs


    • Kathy Gunter Law
      on Feb 27, 2020

      Thanks for the information. I love citrus scents so I'm excited that it might help keep them at bay. I know the farmers need them but I don't have to like it.

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