Though ladybugs do not pose a major threat to the health or structure of your home, you do want to discourage them from taking up residence in the long run. Prevention, removal, or relocation are three ways to get rid of ladybugs, even if you have a colony forming.
Here are the top ways to get ahead of your ladybug infestation or prepare for a possible infestation.
1. Sweeping and Vacuuming
As simple as it may sound, gathering up ladybugs with a broom and dustpan or vacuum cleaner is one of the easiest ways to remove a colony. For example, vacuum up a large group of ladybugs and immediately empty the vacuum bag or canister outside. Physically relocating the colony will discourage more from joining if the infestation has not grown too large.
After they are removed, wash the area with soap to eliminate any chemical trails used to attract more bugs.
2. Dish Soap
If your infestation has grown out of control and it is too difficult to simply relocate the colony, dish soap is a simple way to get rid of a large range of small bugs in your home. Spray a colony with soapy water or leave a bowl that combines soap and water near a light source where they gather. The thickness of the soap keeps the ladybugs from leaving the water easily.
3. Duct Tape
Hard-to-reach ladybugs can be lifted up with duct tape wrapped around your hand or finger. This allows you to safely remove the colony and relocate them outside. You can also simply leave strips of quality duct tape out to act as an easy trap. We recommend Gorilla Duct Tape and the classic Duck Duct Tape for especially effective removal.
4. Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous Earth offers an easy way to kill bugs in your home. The white powder can typically be found online or even at your local home repair store. Sprinkle the powder around your colony or at the edges of common entry points to both deter and eliminate new infestations.
5. Light Trap
Make a ladybug-friendly light trap at home with common items in your kitchen. Cut a plastic soda bottle in half and flip the top half into the bottom portion to create a funnel. Add an LED light into the funnel, leaving room for the ladybugs to enter the bottom of the bottle. The beetles will flock toward the light but then get stuck in the trap, ready for release outside.
Or save yourself some time by purchasing a Zevo Flying Insect Trap which attracts flying insects with blue light and UV light.
6. Surround Your Home With Mums
When the fall rolls around, fill your home, garden, and porches with mums—a plant ladybugs particularly hate. Since this is the prime season ladybugs will come looking for a place to stay for the winter, the smell of the mums will deter them from filling your property.
7. Natural Repellent
A range of herbs and essential oils can also deter ladybugs from gathering or entering your home in the first place. Be sure to check if these items are safe for pets and children if they are in an easy-to-access location.
In the case of essential oils, dilute a few drops in a carrier oil, a spritzer bottle, or add to your DIY natural cleaning products and apply to areas where the bugs congregate. Some of the best oil diffusers can even prove effective at dissuading ladybugs from the vicinity.
- Bay leaves
- Cloves or clove oil
- Lavender oil
- Lemon or orange oil
8. Chemical Repellent and Traps
You can also find a range of very thorough ladybug repellents and killers online. Many of the sprays aim to keep ladybugs from gathering and kill bugs if they do come in contact with the dried spray. Our favorite repellants include PureCrop1 Organic Insecticide Concentrate, Bug Soother Spray Natural Repellent, and EcoVenger All Purpose Home Insect Control.
Keep in mind that the best fly traps also perform well at attracting and eliminating other flying insects, including ladybugs.