My house has been invaded by ladybugs. About three weeks ago during a birthday party I was hosting I noticed the first few climbing on my patio door. Having had ladybugs take over my home before I diligently removed these bugs from the door and released them outside. Unfortunately, the few I removed were just the search party, within days my windows, doors, ceilings, and walls were covered in these little bugs. I have read horror story after horror story when I read about these bugs online, and it seems that there is no really good way to get rid of these but here are a few tips to getting rid of them.
The first thing I need to point out is that what we are calling ladybugs are actually not ladybugs they are actually Asian Beetles. Looking at pictures of Asian Beetles next to pictures of ladybugs you can not tell the difference in the two.
Use Your Vacuum Cleaner
One of the most popular ways to get rid of ladybugs is to vacuum them up in your vacuum cleaner using the hose attachments. This is really not a good idea. When you vacuum the ladybugs up they release a smell that is horrid, and is impossible to get rid of. If all else fails, and you are willing to deal with the smell that vacuuming up the ladybugs leaves than this is a valid way to remove the ladybugs.
Boric Acid has long been used as a pest control substance, and works as well with ladybugs as it does ants and spiders. In order to be effective the ladybugs must come into contact with the Boric Acid. Sparingly sprinkle the Boric Acid powder where you find the ladybugs, this is one case where a little goes a long way so do not overdo it when it comes to sprinkling this powder.
For some reason or another ladybugs do not like the scent of lemon. To use lemon juice to get rid of ladybugs fill an empty, clean spray bottle with lemon juice. Then go to town spraying where the ladybugs are and where they are coming in. Spray the walls, ceilings, as well as around the windows and doors. Lemon scented candles also help to rid your home of ladybugs but the lemon juice works because it is actually applied to where they crawl.
Soap and Water Traps
Like most bugs ladybugs are drawn to light. Around lamps, and well-lit areas you can place out bowls of water that have a drop of soap added to them. The ladybugs will make their way to the light, and eventually the bowls of water. Normally the water does not harm the bugs but the drop of soap that has been added does not allow them to breathe, which in essence drowns them.