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Description

Adult lady bugs have a distinctive appearance; they have a dome-oval-shaped body and are usually red, orange, or yellow, and have black spots on their bodies. Lady bugs have short antennae, and their head can tuck underneath their neckline-either partially or entirely. 

Biology and Behavior

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  • The lifecycle of a lady bug includes four life stages: egg, larvae, pupal, and adult.

  • Lady bug larvae are segmented, soft-bodied, bristled, and are mottled gray, black, or tan. 

  • Lady bugs are beneficial insects because they help to control aphid populations by feeding on them.

  • Lady bugs are attracted to the sunny, warm sides of buildings making their way inside through cracks and crevices found in exterior walls.

  • Once inside, lady bugs find their way behind walls, inside attics and crawl spaces, behind window frames, and underneath floors.

  • When found in large numbers, lady bugs can leave behind an odor likened to burned rubber or hot tar.

  • When the weather warms up in the spring, they will move back outside to begin feeding, mating, and laying eggs.

Lady Bug Prevention Tips

  • Inspect the exterior walls of your home or other buildings sealing any cracks or crevices found.

  • Caulk gaps found around windows and doors; install door sweeps underneath all exterior doors, especially basement doors.

  • Make sure that vents have a secured cover over them and that chimneys have caps on them.

  • Fill in spaces found around utility lines and pipes.

  • Trim back trees and bushes and place garden areas a distance away from the outside of your home.

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