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We are all used to seeing ladybirds around our homes and gardens at a certain time of year, but while these insects are thought of fondly by most of us, some of them are a cause for concern.
The Harlequin ladybird, a species which is not indigenous to Britain, was introduced to the country from Asia as a method of controlling aphids. Unfortunately, this ladybird has since multiplied to the point at which it has become a pest itself. The main reason for this is that the Harlequin ladybird lacks a predator in the British ecosystem, allowing it to spread without resistance; it also feeds on indigenous species of ladybird.
Harlequin ladybirds have a number of distinguishing characteristics. A ladybird is NOT a Harlequin ladybird if it has seven spots, or if it is less than five millimetres in size, or if any of its spots are white or cream in colour. It should not be confused with the eyed ladybird, which is relatively large and has fifteen black spots on its burgundy-coloured carapace.
It is not just the outside world and its ecosystem which is threatened by this invasive insect. Harlequin ladybirds can become pests in the household as well, and a swarm of these insects can cause considerable damage to fixtures such as wallpaper, carpets, rugs, curtains and so forth. In cases of infestation, Harlequin ladybird removal will be an essential process.
While it may be tempting to deal with a ladybird infestation yourself, the simple truth is that it should be left to professionals. An amateur attempt at ladybird control will almost inevitably leave the job half-done, wasting time and effort as the ladybirds begin to multiply once again.
Thankfully, there is no need to attempt the job yourself. We offer a professional and fully-trained pest control service that will deal with infestations of ladybirds and many other pests cleanly and efficiently.
If you require any further information about Harlequin ladybird removal and other forms of pest control that we offer, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Our fully-trained staff will endeavour to answer all of your questions when it comes to ladybird control.