When we moved into our new home several years ago, I was surprised by the ladybug invasion that happened in the fall. It was during that time that I learned that these ladybugs were actually lady beetles, looking for a place to hibernate, and our light colored home was the perfect location. Within just a few days, we have hundreds of these insects flying around our home and taking to our high ceilings in our entry way.
I was done, and on a mission!
How to Keep Ladybugs Out of Your Home
All the research was showing how to provide alternative housing for these ladybugs or lady beetles, but honestly, I wasn’t willing to even be that hospitable to bugs.
I just wanted them gone, and out of my house for good!
We had no choice but to vacuum up as many as we could our first two years, but by the third year I was prepared for war!
I grabbed my Peppermint Oil bottle at the first signs of them flying in my home.
I was surprised to see how many of them had congregated on our front porch in just a matter of a day! Just stepping on the porch proved enough to allow several to fly right in, and to land on all parts of my body.
Prepared for battle, I began to apply straight Peppermint Oil to the edges of the front door, where the frame meets it. This was the exact place of entry for these ladybugs or lady beetles.
I knew most insect do not prefer the fragrance of this oil, but I wasn’t prepared for what I saw!
These lady beetles completely turned around before reaching the actual place where I put the oil. Again and again, I watched one after another try to find entry into our home, as the others did before them, but atlas I had stopped them.
The next year, I was prepared.
I was looking for them every day with my Peppermint Oil in hand, but I didn’t want to apply it too soon, in case it lost its potency before the invasion.
They beat me to it, but only with about 50 of them getting in before I applied straight Peppermint Oil to the edges of our front door for the second year in a row.
It stopped them again!
We only had a few to deal with and I felt as though I was winning.
This year, I had ran out of Peppermint Oil and the day of their arrival was quickly approaching (yes, I knew when they normally came to our front door), so I got it ordered and waited for them.
They next came!
Week after week, I scratched my head wondering where my opponents were, but they never showed up.
I was so shocked by the victory, but excited to know that this was such an easy way to keep ladybugs out of my house for good, without having to have the extra concern about setting up another alternative for them to hibernate for the winter.