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Fall Weather Brings Ladybugs Indoors in New Jersey

It's Ladybug Season
It’s Ladybug Season

Ladybugs aren’t usually thought of as nuisances, but they can quickly become a problem if they invade your home. These beetles tend to seek warm areas to stay in before winter hits, so they usually try to enter homes during fall. Ladybugs don’t bite or carry disease, and they won’t hurt your home, but they can invade in very large numbers, which makes them difficult to deal with.

How bad can a ladybug infestation get? Last fall, millions of ladybugs invaded a western Romanian town in a short amount of time. Residents in Lipova ended up finding tons of these bugs covering walls and floors in their homes, even if windows were only open for a brief time. Although town officials tried to bring the infestation under control with pesticides, the bugs continued to swarm.

Experts believe a large increase in the number of aphids known as greenflies thanks to more rain has attracted bigger numbers of ladybugs to the area. Experts also warned that mild winters could also lead to more ladybugs in spring.

In New Jersey, you don’t have to worry about millions of ladybugs swarming, but you could still end up with quite a few of these beetles in your home this fall.

If ladybugs are trying to take over your home, contact Allison Pest Control. Our team of experts provide reliable pest control in Freehold NJ.

The Asian Ladybird Beetle…Friend Or Foe?

The red and black lady bug, which is indigenous to the US, is a difficult insect to find now that the Asian ladybird beetle has arrived.  Some “natural pest control” suppliers have imported Asian ladybird beetles and promoted them as a great means of pest control.  While these cute little critters do have a voracious appetite for many different types of nuisance insects, some homes in New Jersey, as well as other parts of the United States, are finding that Asian ladybird beetles themselves can also be a terrible nuisance pest.

Asian ladybird beetles typically seek out rocks, caves, and mountainsides to overwinter in.  Absent of a proper place to spend the winter months in hibernation, the little orange spotted insects turn to the only terrain that is available to them…human homes.

Asian ladybird beetles prefer certain types of structures, but any structure can suffer an invasion.  Wood siding is an attractant for the bugs as they will work their way into attics and hover closely for warmth, protection, and mating.  They don’t eat wood or cause damage, with the exception of a yellow stain that is left on a wall if the bug is squished.  Asian ladybird beetles that make it into the living quarters of the home will be foraging for food.  During this foraging activity, many homeowners report being bitten by the beetles if they handle the critters.  The bites are not harmful, just an annoyance.

Asian ladybird beetles typically gather on one or two sides of a structure.  A Monmouth County, NJ exterminator will be able to provide perimeter control to keep the little pests out.

Scientists Believe Global Warning Has Brought An Increase In Plant Eating Insects

The summer of 2011 brought about numerous complaints by New Jersey residents to many pest control companies throughout New Jersey about an increase of insects eating more than their normal share of a variety of outdoor plants.  Notwithstanding the voracious appetite of the pesky stink bugs that have taken over the eastern seaboard in recent years, and have damaged farmer’s crops and homeowners gardens, many residents have noticed an increase of other plant-eating insects in their gardens.  Many home gardens that were normally bursting with fruits and vegetables were hit hard by unwelcome invaders this past year report NJ pest control professionals.

Through extensive research, it is the belief of some scientists that the continuing warming of the earth is contributing to the increase in plant-eating insects.  Researchers do not believe that the plants have become tastier to insects, but they do believe that insects have a greater appetite and have become more destructive in recent years.  Planetsave reported back on February 11, 2008 that scientists from Pennsylvania State University and the Smithsonian Institution believe that “when temperature increases, the diversity of insect feeding damage on plant species also increases.”  Additionally, the study’s lead author and researcher said “our study convincingly shows that there is a link between temperature and insect feeding on leaves.” You may read the article here.

Keeping the interior and exterior of your home free from all types of unwelcome pests is easy when you hire a New Jersey pest control expert.  Allison Pest Control will be able to blanket your property with a barrier pest control treatment to keep unwanted pests out so that your gardens will grow as expected.  We provide fast and professional service to residences and businesses in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey.  Call us today for a free estimate and pest evaluation.

NJ Pest Control Experts Welcome Spring…And Insects!

Humans are not the only creatures that are anxious to say good-bye to the frosty temperatures and snow covered grounds of New Jersey.  The cold winter weather is great for keeping unwanted pests away…at least that is what Mother Nature would like us to think!  NJ pest control experts report that some insects die off with the onset of winter, some go deep underground where they can escape the harsh New Jersey temperatures, and some pests seek shelter inside NJ homes, waiting for the first sign of spring to make a run back outdoors.

Warmer springtime weather is the trigger for the swift reproduction of many insect species throughout New Jersey.  NJ pest control experts warn residents to be on the look-out for the Eastern Subterranean Termite. Once termite colonies have reached full capacity, termite swarmers will venture to the surface from their underground nests to pair off and form new satellite colonies.  NJ residents may notice pools of swarming termites in grassy areas, alongside pavement or near the building foundation during the months of March through May.  Swarming termites are a sign of a serious termite infestation which requires the expert services of a New Jersey pest control professional.

NJ pest control experts say that other insects will also become troublesome for NJ residents as the springtime weather arrives.  Look for an increase in stink bugs, cockroaches, houseflies, bed bugs, wasps, bees, fleas, ticks, earwigs, crickets, lady bugs, spiders, mosquitos, and ants (all types).

Allison Pest Control is ready to meet your pest control needs head on.  Each of our technicians is certified by the State of New Jersey and has current applicator license.  For expert NJ pest control services in Monmouth County, Ocean County, are parts of Middlesex County, contact Allison Pest Control.

Winterize Your Home Against Unwanted Pests

Many of the insects that have been enjoying the delightful sunny warm spring and summer months in the great outdoors are now desperate to seek shelter.  Their natural instincts direct them to find a warm place to spend the cold winter months.  If they don’t, they will soon perish as the cold begins to settle upon New Jersey.  The trick for NJ homeowners is to keep these unwanted creepy crawlers out so that an infestation cannot occur within wall voids, attics, under floors, in cabinets, behind baseboards, and in dark out of the way spots that pests love to hide in.

Warmth seeking pests can easily find their way into the slimmest of cracks or open spaces.  You could spend a pretty penny on the finest insulated windows, but they won’t protect you from unwanted insects if they are not caulked properly on the inside and the outside of your home.  When thinking about safeguarding your home against insect intruders, you should look on your hands and knees at each entry door of your home.  If you see daylight through the opening, then you should install a door sweep and weather stripping to help close up the gaps that will allow pests inside.

Once they gain access, you will often times find box elder bugs, stink bugs, lady bugs, and other insects basking in the sun on walls throughout your New Jersey home or business until springtime arrives once again.  If you have noticed an abundance of insects crawling on the exterior of your NJ home, there is a good chance that they will gain entry inside without the application of a residual insecticide applied by a pest control professional.

Winterizing your New Jersey home is definitely important, but so is having a good New Jersey pest control program in place to help guard against unwanted intruders.  Contact Allison Pest Control for fast service of perimeter home protection against household, nuisance, and problem insects.  Give us a call today to see how we can help you!