Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Ladybird beetles (ladybugs)
Frequently asked questions about ladybird beetles (ladybugs):
Ladybirds are not poisonous to humans and only harmful to pets if they eat them.
Harlequin ladybirds can be killed if they become a nuisance or are hibernating in your house.
The most common ladybird is the 7-spot ladybird. They are found in gardens and parks – or anywhere there are aphids for it to feed on.
Ladybirds can become a nuisance in large numbers however they are not harmful to humans so do not need to be killed.
A bug that looks like a ladybug but is black is likely to be a furniture carpet beetle. They look like small, miniature ladybird beetles but with a black shell and yellow spots.
A house full of ladybugs indicates an infestation.
Ladybirds live for up to a year.
Ladybirds normally emerge from their hibernation around April.