How do you safely get rid of swarming ladybugs?


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Some treatments for ladybug infestations include placing cloves on window sills, burning lemon-scented candles in areas where the infestations occur and placing double-sided tape or sticky strips along baseboards and other areas. Also, seal any cracks or holes in the home.

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While ladybugs don't bite and are harmless to humans, their presence can still be bothersome. Commercial insecticides do work, but home remedies can be just as effective, says eHow. Furthermore, many commercial insecticides contain toxic chemicals that are harmful to people and the environment.

In any area where ladybugs are present, a vacuum can be used to suck them up. Once in the vacuum bag, they should be disposed of outside the home in a garbage can as soon as possible. If live ladybugs are caught, release them as far away from the home as possible.

Cloves placed on window sills, around doors, in light fixtures and on baseboards should be done in a sporadic manner. Lemon-scented candles should be burned as often as possible in areas where the ladybugs are to drive them away. Double-sided tape is effective because it traps the ladybugs, making their disposal easy. As a last resort, lemon-scented cleaner can be used, although it kills the ladybugs.

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