Why are there so many ladybirds and how can you keep them out the house? – Countryliving (UK)


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Have you spotted any ladybirds in your house this week? Ladybirds are attracted to the warmth and safety of your home for nesting, with many set to creep in through windows, basements and drainage parts this autumn. Autumnal infestations of ladybirds are one of the first signs of winter's approach. According to ecologist Dean Wilson from Horticulture.co.uk, the sudden turn in weather conditions last week has signalled hibernation season — and could be the reason the little red insects are everywhere."It's likely surprising to see so many ladybirds at once, but they're not here to take over and it's likely that they'll be gone as quickly as they arrived," he told the Telegraph & Argus."I wouldn't expect the 'swarms' to stay for longer than one week at the most."Why do I have so many ladybirds in my house?When the temperatures outside start to tumble, ladybirds tend to try and seek out somewhere warmer to live — such as households and buildings. While they usually hibernate over winter in protected places like cracks in rocks and tree trunks, they are drawn to warm, cosy homes.

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What should you do if you find a ladybird in your house? Ladybirds are completely harmless to humans and pets, so you don't need to worry if you spot them in your home. According to the RSPB, if you spot ladybirds in your house in winter, the best thing to do is to gently encourage them into a jar or box and place them outside either under a hedge or in a suitable sheltered place, during the warmer part of the day. These wonderful creatures are extremely helpful in controlling such garden pests, so it's important to place them back outside.

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How can you keep ladybirds out of the house?Ladybirds won't cause any harm, but there are some ways to deter them from entering your home. Some of the tricks you can try include scattering scents of citrus, cloves and bay leaves in corners, as well as getting rid of any gaps where ladybirds can enter.

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Modern Container Gardening: How to Create a Stylish Small-Space Garden Anywhere

Isabelle Palmer shows you how to make the most of every little space with a series of projects for small gardens, singular containers and window boxes, that can be completed in a day or weekend. Perfect for novice gardeners, Modern Container Gardening offers beautiful photography and clear step-by-step instructions.

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National Trust School of Gardening: Practical Advice from the Experts

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Veg in One Bed: How to Grow an Abundance of Food in One Raised Bed, Month by Month

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The Complete Gardener: A Practical, Imaginative Guide to Every Aspect of Gardening

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RHS Practical House Plant Book

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Charles Dowding's No Dig Gardening: From Weeds to Vegetables Easily and Quickly: Course 1

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RHS Complete Gardener's Manual

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Wildlife Gardening: For Everyone and Everything

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My House Plant Changed My Life: Green wellbeing for the great indoors

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RHS Encyclopedia of Garden Design: Planning, Building and Planting Your Perfect Outdoor Space

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How to Create an Eco Garden: The practical guide to sustainable and greener gardening

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RHS Encyclopedia Of Plants and Flowers

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Build a Better Vegetable Garden: 30 DIY Projects to Improve your Harvest

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