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Ladybugs

In Tennessee, we have native ladybugs as well as an invasive species, called the Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle. Often, they are mistaken for one another and referenced the same way. The Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle was introduced to the United States in the early 20th Century, to control other unwanted pests naturally. Unfortunately for us, they thrived in our climate and are now often seen as a nuisance.

It’s now that time of year when you begin to see an increase of the lady beetles, typically congregating on the sunny side of your home. You’re likely to start noticing them more when temperature drops, usually after the first frost or we experience the cool fall nights.

They may be pretty, but you don’t want them inside your home. Lady Beetles have the ability to bite humans and often foul-smelling, yellow defensive chemical that can cause spotting on your walls and other surfaces. In some instances, the yellow chemical can cause allergic reactions. It’s best to not crush or swat lady beetles, to minimize their defensive behavior. It’s important and most effective to stop them before they get in. Call an expert to take care of the problem before it starts.

At Burl’s Termite and Pest Control, we aim to stop them before they can get inside your home and be a bother and threat to you and your family