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Eden Pest Knows Bugs: Lady Bugs Aren’t Bugs… They are Beetles!

Thirsty Lady Bugs

While they’re small, red and cute, ladybugs are in the coccinellidae family of small beetles. Some common names for ladybugs across North America and the UK include “lady beetle” and “ladybird beetle.” Residential pest control experts share that the coccinellidae family of insects is largely made up beneficial critters that help your garden look attractive and stay pest-free.

Ladybug Behavior

Eco-friendly Oregon and Washington pest control companies often use ladybugs as a form of green pest control when dealing with garden and agricultural pests because the dainty-looking insect is a predator. Adult ladybugs and their larvae love to dine on plant-eating insects that destroy gardens, such as mealybugs, scale insects, slugs and aphids. It is common for ladybugs to lay hundreds of eggs on the underside of leaves, near a colony of garden pests. When the larvae hatch, they immediately eat the bad bugs.

Ladybugs in Your Garden

Ladybugs are a great addition to any garden in the spring and summer. In addition to looking cute, they help eliminate the need to use harmful chemical insecticides to control pests. Attract ladybugs to your yard by maintaining an attractive, organic garden. When you spot pests, purchase live ladybugs from a garden center and let them loose around the problem areas.

If you have an infestation that seems too tough for ladybugs to control on their own, contact the Washington and Oregon pest control experts at Eden Pest to schedule an inspection.

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