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What are these Insects?


Alright, does anyone have these little insects crawling around their home right now?  I do, I took the picture below earlier today.

One might think that these are cute little ladybugs, but with a closer look, they will see that they are actually Asian lady beetles.

Asian lady beetles are quite different then ladybugs and can quickly invade a home if they are not dealt with quickly.

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How Can I tell if these are ladybugs or lady beetles?


Here are a few signs that you actually have Asian lady beetles instead of ladybugs.

  • ladybeetle copyThe color of the lady beetles shell is a brownish orange and younger ones can be a bit red in color.  They are usually not the vivid red color of a ladybug.
  • Lady beetles have a scent, and smell.  When they fear danger, they let off this strong scent to warn other lady beetles that danger is near.
  • Lady beetles multiply quickly.  If you notice several quickly appearing in your home, it is most likely lady beetles.
  • Lady beetles hibernate in the winter usually in the walls of homes.  In very early spring (still very cold outside, in my case below freezing), they start to wake up and make their way indoors to stay alive.
  • Ladybugs die off in the fall and lady beetles hibernate. If it is still really cold outside (Below 50ºF) and you are seeing insects that look like ladybugs, you most likely have lady beetles and not ladybugs in the home.

These are just a few ways to figure out which insect is in your home.

10 Ways To Get Rid of Ladybugs AKA Asian Lady Beetles


Getting rid of lady beetles can be somewhat challenging.  Here are 10 natural ways to help you get rid of ladybugs AKA Asian lady beetles in your home.

1. Winterize Your Home – Lady beetles come in to the house most likely in the fall or even closer to winter.  They then hibernate and when it starts to warm up in the spring they come out of hibernation and work their way into the homes to stay alive.  In the fall, they will often find a place in the walls to sleep for the winter.  By winterizing your home, be sure to seal your doors and windows.  Caulk the windows, replace weather stripping if needed and make it hard for any creatures to essentially get into your home.

2. Act Fast – One of the most important things you can do when you notice these bugs in your home is to act fast.  These bugs can quickly multiply!  They are really good at communicating with one another with their scent and this quickly attracts more into your home.  Act fast to get rid of them before the problem gets out of hand!

How To Naturally Get Rid of Ladybugs AKA Asian Lady Beetles | WholeLifestyleNutrition.com3. Choose A Dark Colored Home – Lady beetles are attracted to lightly painted homes.  If you really have a problem, consider changing the paint on your home to a darker color.  This will help keep them out of your home.

4. Start gardening – Lady beetles are great for your garden! They eat aphids, a little bug that can really harm your garden. Welcome lady beetles into your garden, they can really be beneficial!

5. Plant Mums – Lady beetles do not like mums.  Be proactive and plant mums around the windows and around the entrance of the house.  Did you know that mums are a key ingredient in flea powder as well. Protect your home from all kinds of insects with mums!

6. Vacuum Them Up – Using your attachment tools on your vacuum, vacuum up these lady beetles. Most of the lady beetles will survive being vacuumed up.  If you have a garden, you can transfer them to your garden to help get rid of aphids.  If you prefer to get rid of them all together, place the vacuum bag into a sealed plastic bag or you can burn the bag that they are in.

7. Use Diatomaceous Earth Powder – Diatomaceous Earth Powder can be spread around the base of your home.  This will not only help prevent lady beetles from entering the home at ground level, but it will also help deter other creatures as well.

8. Remove The Lady Beetles Scent – This can be quite hard to do, as you often can not smell the scent unless the lady beetles senses danger.  Lady beetles do not like citrus or citronella scents so use this scent liberally when wiping up after these bugs.  Make a citrus spray with Wild Orange Essential Oil (You Can Buy It Here) diluted in some water. Spray liberally in areas you see the lady beetles in.

9. Use Cloves – Whole Cloves are another scent that lady beetles do not like.  Place small bags of cloves in areas that are heavily infested.  The smell will help in aiding these little insects to find a new home.

10. Use Bay Leaves – Whole Spice Bay Leaves, Whole can also be used to get rid of lady beetles.   Lady beetles do not like the scent of bay leaves.  Try making small pouches of bay leaves and cloves and place them around heavily infested areas.

With all of these tips, you will be on your way to get rid of ladybugs AKA Asian lady beetles forever!  Got any tips for us?  Feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

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40 thoughts on “Top 10 Natural Ways To Get Rid of Ladybugs AKA Asian Lady Beetles”

  1. Maggie says:

    I am more interested in getting rid of stinkbugs! They are infesting a lot of homes around here.

  2. Esther says:

    I stuff part of a nylon stocking down my vacuum cleaner hose and secure the ends around the outside of the hose with a rubber band. Once the beetles are sucked up they are contained in this little nylon pouch, which can be easily tied off and disposed of. Much easier than trying to deal with a whole vacuum cleaner bag.

    1. Aharon says:

      Hi Esther, the bug season is upon us again! This vacuum attachment works pretty well – Good luck!

  3. Would Ground cloves work just as well as whole cloves would for getting rid of ladybugs. My fiance and I have them like infested in our house and we dont have much money so again would ground cloves work just as good??

  4. Aj says:

    Another sure fire way to rid your home of lady beatles is to throughly and completely burn the entire home to the ground feeding the fire as needed to keep the flames as hot as possible to prevent any of them little pests from getting out alive.

    1. JIM says:


    2. vicki says:

      I think you are correct, but first try “Scent Beads” brand lemon candle. It has helped immensely. This small candle is rather expensive for its’ size. We live in 70 yr old white wood home in southeast Arkansas. I have consulted with University of Arkansas top “bug” expert who, in his slow southern, nonchalant manner said, “Just vacuum em up. Throw out bag”! Yeah, right. OH! Yes, I DO have an exterminator. I am on quest for “scent beads” electric candle wax (lemon) burner as I type.

  5. teresa says:

    Does it matter what type of mum’s you plant? Will any type of mum work to keep these bugs away?

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      Yes, any mum’s plant will work.

      1. Howie Feldersnatch says:

        My Mum Worked fine. Kept her busy for a long time.

  6. Stephen Hawking says:

    To get rid of ladybugs and boxelders, simply smash them with a newspaper or shoe and by doing this you will also get the benefit of getting any anger you might have, out.

  7. Connie says:

    The following is a reply that in my opinion is not appropriate and should have been removed.
    It is as follows:

    Aj April 2, 2015 at 11:19 pm
    “Another sure fire way to rid your home of lady beatles is to throughly and completely burn the entire home to the ground feeding the fire as needed to keep the flames as hot as possible to prevent any of them little pests from getting out alive.”

    1. Winnie says:

      Lighten up!! AJ’s got a great sense of humor while dealing with a VERY annoying situation.

  8. Chele says:

    Do these things also bite???

    1. Krystal says:

      Yes! And it freaking hurts!!!!!!!!!! I’ve been woken up several time with them biting me.

  9. Paula Carbaugh says:

    My husband hung a fly strip by our dining room light fixture. With in 15 minutes we had 50 of them on there

  10. Melinda says:

    If there are a mass amount lemon halves N slices work.
    If you don’t want to squish them I roll duct tape on my hand and collect them then they are trapped put them in the garbage. Lysol lemon cleaner after spits they’ve been help,too.
    Critters are critters …
    It is what it is.
    Vacuuming saves time, but always burn the bag of them. :)
    They return regardless it’s part of life.

  11. Craig walrus says:

    How come we never see the names and faces of the Genius’ that released these bugs into Minnesota. Yesterday was gorgeous and we were unable to enjoy our deck or even outside because of the cloud of these pests around us. I’m vacuuming them up today and putting them in the Bird feeder. These bugs are like a oil spill that can’t be cleaned up and someone should be held responsible. They have ruined Indian Summer in Minnesota forever.

    1. cromence says:

      Unfortunately, lady beetles are so bitter and disgusting, even birds will not eat them.

    2. vicki says:

      Are you talking about beetles or “illegal aliens”? They sound very similar!

    3. Mia says:

      Birds and other animals will not eat these bugs because of the disgusting smell they make when they are afraid. The only animal I’ve ever seen eat them is our pet dog…and he eats garbage, pillows, tree bark, and just about anything he can dig up.
      My family found this thing called a Bugzooka. Point at bug, press button, it sucks them up, then you remove the top where the bugs are trapped, freeze it (especially with these guys), then throw them in your fire. Works for mosquitoes, spiders, ants, wasps, and just about any other kind of insect that can enter your home.
      It’s the middle of winter, but because we had such a warm and then cold and then warm, etc. autumn, the lady beetles and house flies have invaded and don’t look to be leaving anytime soon. I’m hopeful that the suggestions here can help not only get rid of them, but keep them out.

  12. Big Bully says:

    Yes they are biters !!

  13. dawn says:

    YES, they do bite. They will drive you back into the house. Really nice out yesterday and they ruined it. I stepped out of the patio door and got nailed before I could close the door. Wondering if clove essential oil in a spray would work?

  14. amanda says:

    we also use the fly strpes

  15. Mary Roy says:

    We had some invade our home yesterday and last night we left a light on that they were gathering around! Once they had all gathered around the pull cord we slipped a bag over the cord shook the cord they all fell in the bag and we secured them and then destroyed them.

  16. Patty says:

    It is the potato farmers that wanted these awful pests!

  17. haley says:

    I am a college student and my roommate and I the lady beetles have infested our room. We have vacuumed them up and burned the citrus oils and have sprayed the citrus spray all over several times and they aren’t going away. My roommate is deathly afraid of them (as she was attacked when she was little). Does any one have any ideas on how to help us get rid of them fast!?

  18. Marg says:

    Can I use lime juice to get rid of them

  19. Dick says:

    Now you know why I prefer winter!

  20. Rich says:

    I use a bug zapper in my building. Works like a champ. Wife won’t let me use it in the house though.

  21. Linda Frazier says:

    I have swarms outside my front door and alot get inside. Only way I found to get out of house is put some water and squirt some dish soap in a glass. Then slip the in with a thin cardboard. The fall in the glass and water and cannot get out and drown. Is tedious but successful. When sun goes down they disappear and you have relief.

  22. Julie says:

    My house is covered with these bugs all day long and a lot do get into the house. Been using flying bug spray and it does seem to work but can’t cover the whole house with it. I rent so I can’t repaint the house. I was also told they retreat to pine trees at night and I have a bunch of those on my property.

  23. Kiara says:

    The bugs that are on your screen are Awsome
    Like lol to it thank you so much ok bye

  24. Kiara says:

    So do it again hey Mary and Alan and Julie 😀😀😀😀😀

  25. Steve says:

    I have ladybugs in a truck that hasn’t been moved in about months . How can I get rid of them?

  26. April says:

    I do know that diatomaceous earth helps. However if you’re going to buy diatomaceous earth you will want to get the diatomaceous earth that is labeled as food grade diatomaceous earth. The reason being is that it is different from the other and more safe for you to be in the house with it and safe for your pets as well. Diatomaceous earth is also good to rub into pets for because it sucks the moisture out of fleas and ticks and certain other critters. Again, food grade only.

  27. Bre says:

    Put bleach in a spray bottle and just spray them with it or soap works it doesn’t take much for them to drop dead😎🙏💨🐞

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