Although attractive when viewed on a flower or leaf, the charm of Ladybirds, especially the Harlequin Ladybird, is replaced with revulsion when they infest a building in their thousands, typically clustering in large groups. And because the Harlequin Ladybird lays over 1000 eggs (each one can live for up to 3 years), it is a long-term pest that will not go away if untreated.
They are a menace in offices where they cluster on the office furniture including desks, worktops, and cupboards.
If you require a professional ladybird control service, contact Dyno-Pest today.
Unfortunately, the Harlequin Ladybird is known to be the most invasive Ladybird on the planet. Harlequin ladybirds will find the gaps in your door frames and window frames and other less obvious entry points to infest your building. They also stain surfaces with their orange-coloured discharge and emit a rotting smell.
If your business is being affected by Ladybirds, professional expertise and treatment are needed to treat and subsequently manage the problem.
At the first sign of a problem do not delay. Contact your qualified and accredited Dyno-Pest surveyor. We will identify the root cause of the outbreak; identify the species and implement a treatment regime including proofing followed by an integrated pest management program.
Harlequin Ladybirds have a pattern of returning so a management program is important if the problem is to be effectively managed
The Harlequin Ladybird from Asia is now invading thousands of British homes in its billions. Also known as the Asian Lady Beetle or the Japanese Ladybug, it invades homes in October in preparation for hibernation.
It occurs in three main colour forms- red or orange with black spots, black with four red spots, and black with two red spots. The species is typically large – 7 to 8 mm long and it is more dome-shaped than the native European species. The Harlequin Ladybird is to be found in its highest numbers in the South East of England.
Experts are predicting that the anticipated warm summer will provide perfect conditions for the Harlequin Ladybird. Unlike British ladybirds, the Harlequin Ladybird does not need a cold winter for adults to reach sexual maturity and so to be able to breed.
This means that they can breed in their billions and, wreak havoc in homes and businesses if left untreated.
Although the Harlequin Ladybird does not spread disease, it is a health and safety problem as it bites children and adults and emits a rotting smell, staining surfaces with an orange-coloured discharge. It thrives over any harsh winter and unlike the British Ladybird, it spends the winter hibernating in cracks in residential and commercial buildings.
If you’re experiencing problems with a ladybird infestation, professional treatment is the only solution to effectively getting rid of them. The treatment program would consist of one initial treatment and, wherever possible the entry points to the property that the ladybirds are using would be blocked. This would be followed by preventative treatment.
Researchers of the Harlequin Ladybird are urging people not to take matters into their own hands but to seek professional treatment instead from a pest control company. Contact Dyno-Pest today for professional Ladybird control and Ladybird preventative services.
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