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Swarms of ladybugs invade England and Wales

Posted on Wednesday, 10 October, 2018 | Comment icon 18 comments

The colorful insects are out in their droves. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Gabriel Gonzalez
Huge numbers of the red and black insects have been turning up in homes across the British Isles this month.
According to experts, the unusually hot summer has brought about a surge in ladybug (or ladybird) numbers across the country with some people reporting hundreds of them inside their homes.

Harlequin ladybugs - a foreign invader with inverted markings - have been particularly prevalent this year, however the invasion does not appear to be limited to one particular variety.

Fortunately the insects are not generally harmful to humans, however residents in some areas have been advised to keep their windows shut to avoid them making their way indoors.

"They usually cluster around window frames and they cluster together to gather heat and hibernate in winter months," said pest control expert Steve McGrail.

Source: Cheshire Live | Comments (18)

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Comment icon #9 Posted by Seti42 on 11 October, 2018, 2:56
In my experience, ladybugs are the least offensive pest ever. Not too worried, lol. To put it in perspective, where I live when the temps start dropping we get black widows coming inside.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Iilaa'mpuul'xem on 11 October, 2018, 10:02
Definitely an increase in them up here in my corner of the world..
Comment icon #11 Posted by Myles on 11 October, 2018, 12:12
What you are seeing is the Asian lady bug (beetle). They do bite. They also leave a stain if you squish them. Some say a smell too. They will gather by the thousands and invade homes in the fall. Dr. John Hopkins, an extension entomologist for University of Arkansas says the multi-colored Asian Lady Beetles were brought in by the USDA in the early 1900's to eat aphids and other plant damaging insects. They're often mistaken for lady bugs. The Asian Lady Beetles look very similar except the imported insects have a white area behind the head with a black shape that looks like the le... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by skrubby on 11 October, 2018, 12:15
i never see bugs except for mosquitoes where i am
Comment icon #13 Posted by Myles on 11 October, 2018, 12:15
I've never heard that. BTW, I'm a northern Indiana resident too. I'm on the East side though.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Eldorado on 11 October, 2018, 23:23
Related, I think... STD carrying ladybirds are invading homes across Merseyside. The foreign red bugs, called Harlequin ladybirds, have black wings and are flying in from Asia and North America on the mild autumn winds. The species is rumoured to pass on a "dangerous" sexually-transmitted disease called Laboulbeniales fungal disease. And dozens of people have already reported on social media seeing swarms of the foreign insects in their homes around Merseyside. One man on social media wrote: "There are about 70 all over the front of my house." Full monty: [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by Lexa0112 on 15 October, 2018, 15:58
Im in Manchester UK and they are only on the south east side of mybuilding... so strange... there are a mix of red and black and black and red ones... but the black and red ones are all identical and Ive never seen that
Comment icon #16 Posted by Lexa0112 on 15 October, 2018, 16:04
Its true... Im in Manchester ... it wont let me post a vid of my building
Comment icon #17 Posted by Lexa0112 on 15 October, 2018, 16:07
Comment icon #18 Posted by Katniss on 15 October, 2018, 17:46
I've had them invade my home this year and the year before that. I live in the Midwest part of the United States. They were really bad this year.

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