Why Are Ladybugs Infesting My House?

Oct 15, 2014

While harmless to you and your family, a ladybug infestation in your house can be an inconvenience. When you suddenly find your home full of these brightly colored insects, their growing numbers might make you wonder why your home has become their chosen refuge.

In the latest blog post from Rescon Basement Solutions, we’ll discuss why ladybugs are infesting your house, how they get into homes and basements, and how you can get rid of them — for good. 

Why Ladybugs Are Infesting Your House 

There are a few reasons why ladybugs might be infesting your home.

  1. Changing Weather: As the weather cools down, ladybugs will begin looking for a warm place to hibernate. They often choose homes as suitable hibernation sites. If your house has small openings or cracks, ladybugs can easily enter and find their way inside to seek warmth and shelter.
  2. Scent Trails: Ladybugs release pheromones to communicate with other ladybugs, and if just a single ladybug finds its way into your house, it can leave behind scent trails that attract more ladybugs. This can result in ladybugs swarming your basement very quickly.
  3. Warm and Light: Like many other bugs and insects, ladybugs are attracted to warmth and light. They can be drawn to your home from any escaping warmth or illumination from windows. They’ll then be able to find their way into your home through any cracks or gaps.

How Do Ladybugs Get Into Homes and Basements? 

Ladybugs are able to get into homes through even the smallest cracks and crevices. Their small size allows them to squeeze through tiny openings around windows, doors, and other areas.

They can also find their way into basements through any vents or gaps in the foundation. Once inside, they can congregate in large numbers, seeking warmth and shelter.

Basements are often damp and moist, which is the ideal environment for insects. By installing a vapor barrier or a basement dehumidifier, you can help to detract them from your basement.

If you have an older home with a lot of openings, or a warm, damp basement, you may soon find yourself hosting a ladybug swarm.

How Can I Get Rid of Ladybugs?

To prevent ladybugs from infiltrating your home or basement, it’s important to inspect and seal any potential entry points. This includes sealing cracks in walls, windows, and doors, as well as ensuring proper weatherstripping is in place.

Installing screens on windows and covering vents with fine mesh can also help to keep ladybugs out while still allowing for ventilation.

To protect your basement from a ladybug infestation, consider installing a dehumidifier or vapor barrier. These measures can help you control your basement’s humidity levels and create an environment that is not as attractive to insects, including ladybugs.

Contact Rescon Basement Solutions for Foundation and Basement Waterproofing and Repair

At Rescon Basement Solutions, we understand that a ladybug infestation can detract from the overall comfort of your home. While they’re harmless little insects, their presence in large numbers can be bothersome.

If you’re experiencing recurring ladybug infestations in your basement or home, it may be a sign of underlying issues with your foundation or basement. Get in touch with Rescon Basement Solutions today for basement and foundation services throughout Southern New Hampshire and Eastern Massachusetts.