How to Get Rid of Ladybugs and Beetles

Ladybugs and beetles can be cute, but they can also be a major nuisance. If you have a ladybug or beetle problem in your house or yard, use these tips to get rid of them.

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin,
April 25, 2016

Get rid of ladybugs

Get Rid of Ladybugs and Beetles for Good

If you have a ladybug or beetle problem, self-rising flour can help. Simply sprinkle it where you see the beetles, or on garden plants that they are eating. The beetles will eat the flour, but it will rise in their stomachs, causing them to die out.

Keep Beetles Out of Your Garden

Did you know the smell of garlic will repel beetles in your garden? If a head of garlic you have in your kitchen sprouts, simply plant it with the green part above ground. It will not only keep beetles and other bugs away, you’ll eventually have a brand new head of garlic underground!

Keep Ladybugs Out of Your House

Ladybugs are adorable, until they decide to invade your home. If you’ve noticed that ladybugs find your home an attractive place to hang out in the fall or winter, you can use this simple strategy to reduce their numbers without actually killing them. (After all, they actually don’t do any damage to your home.) Simply wipe down walls and other areas you see them in with lemon-scented furniture polish (or lemon essential oil greatly diluted with water). The ladybugs won't like the scent, and will find somewhere else to hang out.

Get Ladybugs Out of Your House

If you already have a ladybug infestation, get rid of these cute-yet-pesky bugs without having to kill them. Fill a shoebox with some fruit scraps like apple pieces, and place it where you see the bugs. The fruit will attract the bugs, and you can then move them out into the garage where they should hibernate until spring.

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