Ladybugs Are Getting Into the House, but We Aren’t Freaking Out
It's that time of year when you may start seeing ladybugs in your house, but you probably don't need to worry too much. We've notice a lot of them on the outside walls of our house, and several have found their way inside.
I did some Google research and found out first off, that these aren't ladybugs. They're Asian Lady Beetles, and unless you look closely you'd never know the difference.
According to Plunketts.net, "Asian lady beetles have a distinctive, highly-visible M-shaped black marking on their otherwise-white heads...while "Ladybug’s white markings are confined to the sides of the head and may resemble cheeks.”
As the temperatures get colder, the Asian Lady Beetles start looking for a warm place to hibernate, and they think our house would be perfect.
The good news is they are harmless to humans and according to Southern Living, lady beetles won't do any damage to your home either. If they're inside, they aren't easy to get rid of, so you're probably just better off letting them do their thing. Come spring, the ones that survive the winter, will head back outside to feed on aphids, which may be one of the reasons they're attracted to your home in the first place. If you have a garden, you definitely don't want aphids around as they'll pretty much destroy it.
If you do want to get rid of the ones you see, the best way is to grab a vacuum cleaner and suck them up. Don't squish them, especially on walls, because their yellow colored blood stains.
For us, we're just letting them go find a quiet corner somewhere out of sight to settle for the winter and if we see any that didn't make it come spring, we'll just clean them up.