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Ladybugs In Omaha, Nebraska

Learn more about ladybugs in Omaha, Nebraska, including why they enter our homes and how to keep them out with the help of our informative pest guide.

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What are ladybugs?

Ladybugs are insects that are helpful when they live in our gardens. Ladybugs eat more than 5,000 aphids during their lifetime and therefore are best friends with the gardeners in Omaha. However, when these insects make their way into our homes, they quickly become unwanted guests.

We identify ladybugs by their dome shape, partially hidden head, short antennae, and two pairs of wings. The color of a ladybug depends on its species. While red is the most common color associated with ladybugs, they can also be pink, yellow, orange, or black. Most ladybugs have dark spots or other markings, though some are solid in color.

Are ladybugs dangerous?

Ladybugs aren't dangerous, but when hundreds of them move into our homes, they quickly wear out their welcome. As these pests move across surfaces, searching for an appropriate hideout, they stain walls, curtains, upholstered furniture, and other surfaces with their excrement.

Though ladybugs aren't a significant danger in our homes, it is important to understand that if they enter your home, so can other pests that do pose substantial threats. 

Why do I have a ladybug problem?

Ladybugs become a problem in our homes when they use them as an overwintering spot, and older homes typically have more cracks and crevices to crawl through and are more likely to become infested by the pests. Common entry points include cracked foundations, broken screens, gaps around windows and doors, and damaged siding.

Other things that could attract ladybugs to your home and make it more prone to an infestation are bright-colored siding, a location near gardens, fields, or wooded areas, or is on a south facing lot; ladybugs seek warm surfaces. 

Where will I find ladybugs?

When temperatures drop, ladybugs seek a dry, sheltered spot to overwinter. Outside, ladybugs overwinter behind tree bark, under leaf debris, and within woodpiles or rock crevices.

When ladybugs move into our homes to overwinter, they travel over walls and floors until they find a suitable hideout. Places we regularly discover ladybugs in houses include attics, wall voids, crawl spaces, and spaces behind baseboards and wood trim. 

How do I get rid of ladybugs?

When it comes to ladybugs, partnering with a professional is the best way to remove these pests from your home and prevent them from returning. We work closely with our clients to solve their pest problems using cutting-edge technology and effective treatments.

Our service specialists are committed to providing peace of mind and pest-free homes. Please reach out to Quality Pest Control today to learn about pest control in Omaha and how to keep ladybugs and other pests out of your house and away from your family.

How can I prevent ladybugs in the future?

The following tips will help you stop ladybugs from invading your Omaha home.

Caulk gaps in the foundation.

  • Repair defects roofline.
  • Seal spaces around utilities entering your home.
  • Place mesh screens over vents and chimneys.
  • Make sure screens in windows and doors are free of tears.
  • Place gardens away from the immediate perimeter of your house.

For the dependable home pest control in Omaha necessary to control ladybugs and our region's other common household pests, call today!

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