If you own a garden, ladybugs could actually be beneficial to you considering that they are predators to some garden pests such a aphids and spider mites.
However, they often leave a yellow stain and a nasty stink when they sense danger. They also could leave this stinking yellow stain on our clothes, walls, and floor boards.
Here are some good practices, to consider, when dealing with ladybugs;
- Avoid picking up ladybugs with your hand as they may stain you. Instead, sweep them away.
- Seal off cracks and crevices these bugs can use to access your home.
Below are 15 home remedies, ladybug repellents and ladybug traps to get rid of ladybugs;
1. Camphor And Menthol
Ladybugs are sensitive to the strong odor of camphor and menthol (mint leaves). Hence, these ingredients can be used to repel them in a natural way.
Take equal amounts of camphor and menthol and mix them with water to form a solution. Fill a spray bottle with this solution. Shake well and spray around the home in areas where you find ladybugs. Don’t forget to spray near their hiding places. The strong pungent smell will make them leave your home in no time.
2. Get Rid Of Ladybugs With A Vacuum Cleaner
If you find a lot of ladybugs inside your home, you may get rid of them with a vacuum cleaner. Just put the device to work and collect all the ladybugs in the dust bag.
Most of these bugs will not die inside the vacuum. As you collect all of them, you may empty the dust bag, filled with ladybugs, in your garden. Ladybugs feed on aphids and protect your garden from probable damage.
3. Paint Your Walls With Dark Colors
Ladybugs get attracted towards light and light-colored objects. If you live in an area which has lots of ladybugs, you may want to get your walls colored in a dark shade. This will keep them away from your house in a natural way.
4. Use Bay Leaves
Bay leaves are a great repellent and can repel a large variety of insects as well as rodents. Spreading bay leaves around the house will work well in keeping ladybugs away.
These tiny insects cannot stand the distinct odor of the bay leaves and will soon move away from your home. You may tie some bay leaves in a small bag to hang around the affected area to get rid of the ladybugs.
5. Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is an excellent remedy for insects and pests. It kills them in an effective way without causing any harm to humans. This non-toxic powder is obtained from fossilized diatoms and is used extensively in agriculture as an anticaking agent.
Sprinkle diatomite (diatomaceous earth) on the affected areas and around the house. It has a dehydrating effect on the ladybugs which eventually causes the death of these organisms.
6. Ward Them Off With Cloves
The distinct smell of cloves is irritating to the ladybugs. When cloves are placed in the affected areas where there is severe ladybug infestation, the insect is found to get repelled and leave that area.
Make small bags containing cloves and place it in the heavily infested areas. A few drops of clove oil mixed with water can also be sprayed in the problem area to repel the bugs effectively.
7. Plant Mums (Chrysanthemum)
Ladybugs hate mums and we can easily repel them by planting mums near your house’s entrance and around the windows. It also keeps other insects and flies away from your home. Due to this reason, mums constitute the main ingredient in flea powder.
8. Try Boric Acid / Borax
Sprinkling boric acid is highly beneficial in repelling ladybugs without causing any harm. Make sure you do not sprinkle directly on their body. Just put a little amount of boric acid near the places where your spot them most.
Some species of the ladybug would sense the danger and will release a foul-smelling substance from their body. Other ladybug species would sense the signal of danger and will naturally be repelled from your home.
9. Citrus Scent
Any citrus smell will repel a ladybug, and we can use it to get rid of them. Mix some wild orange essential oil or lemon essential oil with water and spray it near their entryways and the areas infested with them. They will soon be leaving your home and search for a new place to thrive.
10. Use A Light Trap
Since ladybugs get attracted toward bright light, you can create homemade light traps to catch these insects. Using black (Ultraviolet) light bulb is more effective in luring these spotted insects.
11. Use Dishwashing Soap
A solution made with dishwashing soap and water would help in killing the ladybugs and eradicating them from your house. Spray the solution over the infested surface to kill the ladybugs and clean away any odor left by them.
You may also make a trap by adding some juice and sugar in the solution and placing it in a dish. The ladybugs will be lured by the scent of it and will try to sit on it. As a result, they will get drowned.
12. Use Ammonia
If you want to get rid of ladybugs instantly, use ammonia to deter them. The strong smell of ammonia is irritating to most insects including ladybugs. Take some ammonia solution and soak up a rag in it. Use it to wipe the doors and windows where they tend to gather.
Also, wipe other surfaces prone to ladybug infestation. An ammonia-based cleaner also acts as an effective ladybug repellent.
13. Seal Their Entryways
As winter approaches, ladybugs may find their way in your home to find a place for hibernation. Once they are out of hibernation, in the spring, there would be an increase in ladybug infestation severity.
The best way to get rid of them is to prevent them from entering your home. Seal all the gaps in doors and windows, no matter how small it is. Use caulk to eliminate gaps and cracks from where these insects may enter.
14. Hang Flypapers
Flypapers are effective in trapping flies in your home, but did you know it can trap ladybugs too? Well, it may save your home from an infestation when used the right way. Hang flypapers near the doors to trap them effectively.
You may make your own sticky trap by coating the sides of a stiff paper strip with fruit smelling sugary syrup. Once you catch a lot of ladybugs, put them in a plastic bag and seal it before discarding in the trash.
15. Freeze Them
Ladybugs help in reducing aphids from plants and can be highly beneficial for farmers. If you do not want to kill them, you may help them find a new place to survive.
Just collect all of the ladybugs in a vacuum cleaner. Make sure the dust bag is clean before you start collecting them with the device. Once you are done vacuuming, freeze the ladybugs in ice cubes. This will not kill them but reestablish them, when they are released at a warmer temperature, to their natural vegetation.
As the spring approaches, you may allow the ice cubes to melt in your garden and release the ladybugs.
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