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Although considered an innocuous member of the beetle family, the ladybug has grown to be more than just a nuisance. They might be unique, pretty, and colorful, but you’d be surprised at just how destructive they are. Whether you’ve spotted one milling around in your garden or on your drapes, these are not guests you want hanging around the home. At least not for too long. Despite their potentially destructive nature, ladybugs have a fascinating history.
How Are Ladybugs Destructive?
The common layman is probably wondering, how are ladybugs destructive? You like many others have likely picked a ladybug up, held it in your hand, or seen one of many flying around the home. Indeed, ladybugs do not bite, carry, or transfer diseases. That said, that isn’t the only quality that makes a bug or insect dangerous.
Along with leaving behind stains, the ladybug gives off an unwelcoming scent. More of a defense mechanism, the ladybug contains glands that secrete musty odors. With just one of two bugs in the home, you’ve likely never encountered the scent. However, you get an entire colony or family together and you’ll notice the scent.
Also, the ladybug can leave behind stains. Excrement stains at that. Sounds disgusting, right? It is and it can stain your walls, drapes, and sheets if you aren’t careful. With just the size of a single bug, these might not seem like big issues, but you get an entire colony secreting and staining, and you could have major issues on hand.
More Than An Ordinary Pest
As was mentioned, ladybugs have a long and storied history. Farmers especially enjoy them, as they once were considered a lifesaver. As a matter of fact, this is how the species of beetle entered the States. Scientists and farmers brought them in to deter crop-destroying insects. Whiteflies and other similar insects were once a major problem for farmers. These flies that farmers had to bring in ladybugs as a means of controlling them.
Ladybugs feed on whiteflies and other similar insects. While this might be the case, it should also be noted that ladybugs do feed on specific plants and crops. This would be the perfect example of irony. Ladybugs might not be as destructive as whiteflies and other crop-destroying plants, but given the opportunity, they can and will cause major problems.
In addition to feeding on delicate blooms and crops, they leave behind stains and unwelcoming scents. Even with a fascinating history, the ladybug isn’t a visitor you want wearing out their welcoming in your home. And they will when given the opportunity. The best possible way in dealing with them is by reaching out to a professional pest control company.
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