Ladybirds are very easy to recognise with the most familiar having bright red wing cases with black spots, while others are black and yellow, white and brown, or even striped. The most common species are the two-spot ladybird which is up to 5mm in size and the larger seven spot ladybirds which are up to 8mm long, although there are about 40 other species found in the UK. Both adults and larvae are carnivores and feed on aphids and small insects such as green fly.

Ladybirds are brightly coloured which is their defence mechanism, warning predators of their bitter taste to stop them getting eaten, which helps survival. They are also able to exude a pungent yellow oily fluid to ward off ants, birds and people, this is the yellow staining that can be seen if you try to pick them up.

During the winter (starting around October) adults hibernate in cracks, crevices and leaf litter. This can be in window and door frames of a building or they can also cluster together in a roof void or loft can be at this time that they find warmth to which leads them into the property. The ladybirds emerge in April to find a mate. They can be attracted back to the same location each year, this is due to them leaving a pheromone sent, which can be tracked and followed each year.

Lady birds are not considered a prolific pest however they can cause some distress in large numbers, therefore Pest-Tech Ltd do offer services that can deal with this problem. We carry out crack and crevice treatments which include window and door frame treatments, which will remove the pest and stop them gaining entry.

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