Identification is usually fairly simple when it comes to Asian ladybugs or lady beetles. Their unique coloring often promotes people to collect art and other trinkets because of their fondness for these critters. Unfortunately, the Asian Lady Beetles have actually considered a pest and we at A-Tex Pest Management would like to discuss these beetles further.
What Do Asian Lady Beetles Look Like?
The multi-colored Asian lady beetles are slightly larger than most native lady beetles as the adult’s measure 3/8″ long 3/8″ wide. With or without black spots on wing covers, their bodies are shaped oval or convex and the color ranges from yellow to red. Though they do average 19 spots and are the most common, the spotting can vary from size and patterns and the number of spots can range from 0 to as many as 19. Though usually concealed beneath the disk-shaped pronotum, their head is cream to yellow color with a black ‘M’ marking in the center.
Native (Ladybugs) VS Asian Lady Beetles
The color spectrum is a light to medium orange, native lady beetles have fewer spots, averaging 4-6 spots on their backs. As they feed on many of the different plant pests native beetles are considered beneficial insects and are not aggressive and very docile. However, the Asian lady beetles are far more aggressive and will bite people, and do not provide any beneficial behaviors.
Are Asian Lady Beetles Harmful?
In the thousands and even the tens of thousands, these beetles will congregate in attics, ceilings, and wall voids. They will retreat from the voids and invade the living spaces during the colder months when the heat is used. They will leave spots on surfaces in addition to biting and they release a defensive chemical that is pungent and yellow. Most find the smell to be the bigger nuisance since the chemical is easier to wipe clean. Most find the smell to be the bigger nuisance where they seem simple to wipe up. Few individuals can be sensitive to excretions and experience allergic reactions; most of which are sinus and/or skin irritations. However, most can find relief by washing their hands to avoid skin irritation and the sinus reactions usually subside once the beetle infestations are removed.
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Due to their similarities, these beetles are often mistaken for native ladybugs. Some people find the Multi-colored Asian lady beetle somewhat beneficial as long as they don’t overpopulate and invade homes in moderation in the gardens, landscapes, and other agricultural environments, as they feed on the scale, aphids, insects, and many other pests that are known to damage plants. These beetles are more of a household pest as mentioned. They are also known to gather along with windows, doors, porch, and decks in addition to congregating in the attic and wall voids. You should call A-Tex Pest Management for professional assistance, as the multi-colored Asian lady beetles are a pest, especially if your home is infested with these insects. To efficiently demolish the multi-colored Asian lady beetle infestation in your home or business, having a professional who knows their habits, strengths, and weaknesses can effectively use their expertise, skills, and quality products to get rid of them.