It's that time of year when you may start seeing lady bugs in your house, but you probably don't need to worry too much.

We've notice a lot of lady bugs on the outside walls of our house, and several have found their way inside. This is something we have never had an issue with at our apartment in Portland. Now that we live in a more rural wooded area, they've been showing up over the past few weeks.

Since this was new to me, I did some Google research and found that as the temperatures get colder, they are looking for a warm place to hibernate, and think our house would be perfect.

The good news is they are harmless to humans and according to Pest Control FAQ, lady bugs 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.