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ladybugs getting into home through cracked foundation

When you hear the words, "The invasion of…" what do you expect to follow? Maybe you think of "The invasion of aliens," or "The invasion of Normandy," or perhaps that old movie from the 50's called, "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers." These all sound pretty intense. But do you ever think about ladybugs invading? The invasion of the ladybugs! It just doesn't have the same scare factor that those other things. But do you want these bugs inside your home, especially considering that when they do come in, they bring a whole lot of their friends?

The bad news is that in not too many weeks, the temperatures will begin to drop, and insects will begin to seek the warmth of our homes. The good news is that it is not too late to start preparing for "The invasion of the ladybugs." Consider taking the following steps to keep ladybugs, and other invading insects, out of your home.

  • If you already have ladybugs crawling around inside your home, get a vacuum or dustbuster, and suck them up. Then go to work on making your property less attractive to them and sealing any places where more could get inside.

  • Keep your trash in tightly sealed containers. Ladybugs love exposed trash. In fact, all bugs love exposed trash. So do rodents and wildlife.

  • Never leave food outside, not even your pet's food. This will definitely draw bugs onto in.

  • Keep clutter to a minimum. Remove as much as possible and, if you need to keep some items, consider storing them away from your home. Bugs love places to hide and tend to congregate in clutter.

  • Store woodpiles or construction materials away from your home as well.

  • Keep outside lights off at night or replace outside bulbs with yellow, insect-resistant bulbs. Ladybugs and other flying insects are drawn in by light.

  • Draw your shades at night. This will also reduce the chances of luring insects close to your home.

  • Examine the outside walls of your home, and use a caulking gun to seal any cracks there. Make sure to seal around the places where pipes, wires, or air conditioning units enter your home.

  • Inspect all of your window and door screens and make sure they are present and in good repair.

  • Install, or check, all door sweeps and make sure they are making a good connection all the way across.

  • Place window grade screens over all chimneys and vents to the outside.

  • Have your exterior walls, or perimeter, treated by a pest control professional from Russell's Pest Control.

If you have done all you can, but you are still getting ladybugs in your home, or you don't want to do all the hard work of keeping them out, consider pest services from Russel's Pest Control. With more than 40 years of experience getting rid of, and sealing out household pests, we are happy to help. Don't let yourself be the victim of a ladybug invasion this fall! Reach out to Russel's Pest Control today.

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