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While ladybugs have a unique charm and symbolize luck in different cultures, they have a different meaning when it comes to your home. Ladybug species come in various colors, from red and yellow to brown and black. One ladybug color that poses an interesting inquiry is the orange ladybug.
We break down what orange ladybugs really are and if they are a threat.
What Are Orange Ladybugs?
Orange ladybugs are better known as Asian lady beetles. They range in color from yellow and orange to red-orange. The Asian lady beetle is an invasive species. It was initially introduced around 1916 to help with pest control, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that the U.S. started seeing them all over. While they were introduced with the intention of helping, the species became invasive.
Asian Lady Beetles vs. Ladybugs: What's the Difference?
The most significant difference between Asian lady beetles and ladybugs is the marking on their heads. Asian lady beetles have a black “M” shape in the area where their shells meet their heads, and traditional native ladybugs’ heads are primarily black with no markings.
Are Orange Ladybugs Poisonous or Dangerous?
Orange ladybugs are not poisonous or dangerous to humans. However, they can bite and pinch. Their bodies are full of toxins, so when an Asian lady beetle bites you, you could have an allergic skin reaction. Though they have a lot of toxins, it doesn’t mean they are poisonous.
You may see more orange ladybugs in your home during certain times of year because they look for warmth in the winter. If you see them and have pets, make sure your pets do not ingest them. Orange ladybugs can hurt dogs and cats if they eat a lot of them.
Asian Lady Beetle Prevention
Ensure your home isn’t susceptible to an orange ladybug infestation. Some ways to get rid of Asian lady beetles include:
- Sealing small cracks around windows, doors, and walls
- Setting up light traps to catch them in one spot
- Spraying insecticide around your home
If you have any orange ladybugs in your house, don’t squish them because they can leave a stain and an unpleasant odor.
Book an Appointment With Quest Termite & Pest
When you experience an Asian lady beetle invasion, leave it to the Quest Termite & Pest professionals. We offer pest control services to help keep your home safe and comfortable. Learn more about how we can get rid of Asian lady beetles in your home by contacting us today to schedule an appointment.