Asian lady beetles, a species of ladybug, are classified as overwintering pests. This means they will try to enter a home or building and find shelter as temperatures drop in the fall. Overwintering pests wait out the winter in their hiding spots, then emerge in search of food as temperatures rise.
If you have spotted an Asian lady beetle or two in your home, you may have more hiding from winter's colder temperatures. Read our guide below to learn where Asian lady beetles hide inside.
Where Do Overwintering Pests Hide?
Asian lady beetles and other overwintering pests do not want to interact with humans while they wait out the winter. Instead, they'll crawl into rooms and hiding spots that aren't frequently used. Most overwintering pests will stay put throughout the winter, but Asian lady beetles will often emerge when the heat is on, warming the home. When inspecting your home for Asian lady beetles, check the following rooms and spaces:
- Inside cabinets
- In storage areas
- Underneath appliances
- Around light sources
- In outdoor sheds and tree houses
- On fabrics that are not frequently moved like curtains and bedding in lesser used rooms
- Cracks and crevices throughout the home
When and Where Will I See Asian Lady Beetles?
Overwintering pests, including Asian lady beetles, are usually not seen by homeowners during the winter. Instead, they will be spotted in the spring as temperatures warm and in the fall before temperatures cool. When the weather warms, Asian lady beetles will emerge from their hiding spots and try to leave the home in search of food.
When this happens, Asian lady beetles can be found:
- Around door frames
- On windowsills and around windows
- Around lighting
- On the sunniest side of the house
Asian lady beetles can leave a sticky, smelly substance behind. If you have Asian lady beetles in your home, use our guide on how to control an Asian lady beetle infestation. Click on the right arrow below to learn more.