Not A Ladybug
We all grew up knowing that lady bugs are our friends and can probably all remember the tickly feeling of them crawling across our hands. Ladybugs are great for the local farmers as they fly around in hunt of aphids and scale insects that would otherwise wreak havoc on the local crop yields. This fall, you will encounter a lady-bug-look-alike that deserves none of the respect of its close relative counterpart. The Asian multi-colored lady bird beetle, or Asian beetle, is a pest force to be reckoned with each fall.
Strength In Numbers
Asian beetles may show up as just one or two bugs that don’t even grab your attention, but beware…they use an aggregation pheromone that paints your home as the go-to place for their hoards of friends and families. As the frosts come at night, they will swarm your home in teams of hundreds and thousands blanketing your 3-season porches, windows, and doorways. They are finding cracks, crevices, and voids in which they can overwinter.
Most bugs find your home and work their way down through the foundation, but Asian beetles are oriented toward the sky. When they hit your home, they crawl up and find their way under siding, soffits, and vent covers. These pathways often times lead them right into your fortress of solitude – the master bathroom. Locks and threats may keep the kids out of this normally peaceful retreat, but if Asian beetles decide your home is their target, they are coming in regardless of efforts to keep them out.
What’s That Smell?
Asian beetles are considered a nuisance pest and do not have a stinger or large mandibles to threaten the well-being of your skin although some people do report small pinches from their bites. The worst part about them is the pungent smell emitted from within their exoskeleton when crushed. Their insides may leave small stains on curtains and upholstery where they meet their demise as well.
Don’t wait for the swarms to come in. Rove Pest Control keeps well-trained Asian beetle eradication experts on hand to keep you pest free. Have a Rove technician visit your home today to identify the areas of highest potential traffic to apply an invisible protective coating before they arrive in waves. We have the experience and expertise to rid your home of Asian beetles as well as any other pest issue that comes your way. Call Rove today.