This large family of beetles includes some of the most beneficial
||Red or orange wing pads with black spots
||Round to oval
||1/4th inch long
They are predators as adults and larvae on plant-feeding pests such
as aphids, scale insects, and many others that attach trees,
shrubs, flowers, or vegetables in the garden.
A few species, such as the multicolored Asian Lady beetle
congregate on the outside of buildings in autumn and then enter
wall voids or attics to hibernate over the winter. Their success in
feeding and reproducing occurs outdoors and is associated with
trees, wooded areas, gardens, and so forth.
Lady beetles will not feed on or otherwise damage anything on the
exterior surfaces of or inside buildings. They become pests in and
around homes or other buildings merely because of their presence.
Once exclusion techniques such as caulking around the frames of
windows and doors have been considered and implemented, it is best
to remove the congregating beetles (e.g., by vacuuming or sweeping