Harlequin Ladybird Problems? Why Choose AMES to help you get rid of them?

ladybirdsPlease note we can only carry out treatments on Harlequin Ladybirds in the Birmingham and surrounding area.

If you are based elsewhere in the UK please feel free to use the information below as you may find it useful.

AMES are able to provide a range of environmental services and bird control across the UK.

  • We understand the species and how to get rid of them in the Birmingham area.
  • Our expert pest control technicians can advise you on how to stop your home or business premises from being an ideal place for Harlequin Ladybirds to hibernate
  • Fast call out and effective treatments to halt the spread of ladybird infestations
  • Safe and reliable methods of pest control applied to the harlequin ladybird.

Click here to read more from Alan Read of AMES talking about Harlequin Ladybirds on BBC West Midlands



How do I know if I have a problem with harlequin ladybirds?

The Harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis), is the most invasive ladybird on earth. Often called Asian Lady beetle, these ladybird infestations have the potential to jeopardise the 46 species of ladybird resident in Britain. In Britain they are most frequently orange in colour with 15 – 21 black spots.

Alternatively, they are black with 2 or 4 orange or red spots. The species is typically large (7-8 mm long) and even more dome-shaped than native European species (these characteristics distinguish Harmonia axyridis from native species in the UK). It often has white markings (typically defining an “M”- or “W”-shaped black area) on its pronotum, and usually brown or reddish legs.


Preventing Harlequin Ladybird Infestations
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Filling small gaps or cracks around door frames and putting mesh over air bricks can help prevent harlequin ladybirds from entering your home.

If You Already Have A Harlequin Ladybird Infestation In Birmingham

Please call us immediately on 0800 197 1650 so that we can advise you and assist immediately in containing the problem.


What problems do they cause?

As well as endangering some native wildlife it can feel that the ladybird is taking over your home or garden. They are one of the few species who thrive over a harsh winter, often hibernating in cracks in your building.

One of the UK’s most read newspapers recently reported that the Harlequin Ladybird “also bites humans, emits a rotting smell and stains surfaces with orange-coloured goo”. They leave chemical traces where they have walked in order to attract other ladybirds. For effective, fast pest control of these ladybirds please call us on 0800 197 1650.

“The adult may live for two to three years and can lay over 1,000 eggs. This may account for why the Harlequin ladybird occurs in such vast numbers.”


Case Study

lady bugsWe were recently called in to St Mary’s Church in Hampshire by a surveyor who had found harlequin ladybirds. Churches have regular inspections (surveys) to establish their condition and in this instance a surveying architect had found an abundance of the harlequin ladybird as an infestation.

Having found the information on the harlequin ladybird pest control on this website, our details were passed to the church. Mr Phillips, Reverend and part of the livery council at St Mary’s, called us in and was later kind enough to give us feedback on the service.

The harlequin ladybirds were treated in the church. They were found in the church itself, church tower, upper galleries, window louvres and also in the base of small sapling trees in the church yard. All these areas were treated as part of the pest control treatment.

A very high level of ULV treatment is used (micron insecticidal spray). A residual treatment was also applied (a water-based spray). The ladybirds were largely found in clusters and were treated appropriately. The specialist treatments are effective as they get into every crack and crevice. As it is lighter than air it is effective to this end. The ladybirds then drop within an hour of the treatment being carried out. Air vents were also sprayed as this was possibly an entry point into the church.

The Reverend was kind enough to comment, “This has seemed to work extremely well. ..not a trace of the ladybirds…spectacularly successful. The louvres etc are now absolutely fine”. Mr C Phillips, Part of Livery Council, St Mary’s Church, West Broyle, Hampshire.


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