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What is the Difference between Ladybugs and Asian Ladybird Beetles?

ladybug vs Asian ladybird beetle

Indiana, what is the difference between Ladybugs and Asian Lady Beetles?


You know what a ladybug is, right? After all this time of year hundreds of them are beginning to show up in your homes, cars, garages, and everywhere else you can imagine.  But what if I told you that these pests are not ladybugs at all?

Asian Lady Beetle, Indiana

Visual differences between Ladybugs and Multicolored Asian Ladybird Beetles

Ladybugs are generally not considered as pests, in fact they are beneficial to gardens and vegetation.  They eat common pests such as aphids thus helping your garden thrive. Ladybugs are bright red with black spots, have a rounded body, and a solid black head with two white spots on either side. Many people say it is good luck if a ladybug lands on you. Unfortunately, due to the overpopulation of the Multicolored Asian Ladybird beetle, Ladybugs are becoming more scarce.  This is due to the fact they are competing for the same food source.

It is, however, not good luck if the invasive Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle lands on you. In fact Asian Lady Beetles “bite” by scraping your skin.  Much like the Brown Marmorated Stink bug that we have all gotten to know over these past few years, Asian Lady Beetles leave a foul smell when stressed.  Asian Lady beetles can range in colors from orange to dark red, are generally a little bit more of an oval shape, and may or may not have black spots on their wings.   Their heads will always have a black “M” or “W” shape on them.

The big difference between Ladybugs and the Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle is that one is considered a pest, and the other is not. Ladybugs do overwinter in shelters outside, they do not generally try to overwinter in your home. Asian ladybird beetles will congregate on homes and in many cases in homes while trying to find a warm place to overwinter. Chances are if you start to notice a few ladybugs outside your home they are Multicolored Asian Ladybird beetles.

Ladybug vs Asian Ladybird Beetle

How do you Get rid of Asian Ladybird Beetles

What can you do to get rid of Asian Multicolored Ladybird beetles? First look in brighter/warmer rooms in your home, they are attracted to brighter colors. DO not crush them, as mentioned before they leave a foul smell when crushed.  If they are found inside of your home you should use a vacuum to get rid of them.  The best method of preventing Asian Lady Beetles from entering your home is exclusion.  In late summer do a walk around of your home to make sure there are no obvious gaps where they can enter.  Pay special attention to window seals and door seals since this is an area where they are most likely to congregate.

Ladybugs house

Call Yikes Pest Control

Are you still having issues with Asian Multilcolored Ladybird Beetles or just want to prevent them from showing up in the first place?  Give Yikes Pest Control a Call or Text.  812-604-7206, or check out our website.