How to Identify Ladybugs


Multicolored Asian Ladybird Beetles also know as ladybugs come in a stunning array of colors and patterns. They are usually red or orange with black spots, and the shield-like region directly behind the head has a black M-shaped marking on a white background. They can have no spots or they can be mostly black, but these patterns are not as common as the typical red with black spots that we associate with ladybugs.


As the name suggests, Asian ladybugs are not from around the Southeast. While our native ladybug species spend the winter in brush piles, behind the bark of trees, or in other natural shelters, Asian ladybugs have an unfortunate tendency to seek out light-colored structures in which to hibernate.

Once inside, they plan to go dormant, but houses are too warm and they fly around, confused that it might be springtime. If a home has suffered with ladybugs before, you’ll likely suffer with them every year unless you can find out how they’re infiltrating your home.


If you’ve ever pestered an Asian ladybug and noticed it left a brown stain on your hands or on a surface, you might be surprised at what the liquid is. Ladybugs can cause themselves to bleed from their leg joints, a process called reflex bleeding, so they can get their nasty chemicals on their attacker. It saves them from having to be chewed on to demonstrate their bad taste. If a ladybug falls into your food, they can leave behind a taste that may ruin a portion of your meal.


If ladybugs are assaulting your home, you have two options that should be used together:

• Get rid of them on the inside of the home.
• Prevent them from getting inside.

Large clusters in the house can be vacuumed up. Try to avoid touching them, as they can stain surfaces with their blood. Identify the access point where they are getting indoors. Look around for holes and gaps and seal them. Inspect window screens for tears. Ensure that pet doors seal tightly. Check up high and down low – ladybugs readily fly and they are very determined.


A professional treatment is the best way to reduce and help prevent a large infestation of ladybugs. Cook’s Pest Control offers professional treatment for the reduction of ladybugs. Our technicians are thoroughly trained to address your pest problems.

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About Multicolored Asian Ladybird Beetles

  • Most ladybugs are voracious predators of damaging plant pests – a single ladybug can devour several thousand aphids within its relatively short lifetime.
  • While not aggressive to humans, ladybugs reflex bleed on surfaces when disturbed leaving behind a small stain.
  • Common entry points to the home for ladybugs include gaps or holes in exterior doors, windows, window screen tears, and pet doors.