Swarms of STD carrying ladybirds are invading UK homes

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Ladybird experts are warning people that STD carrying ladybirds are on the rise in huge numbers in the UK.

Thanks to a hot summer, the Harlequin species have been reported across the country on social media, in peoples homes.

The species of black winged ladybird that originate from Asia carry a disease called Laboulbeniales, a fungal disease.

The disease which is a fungal parasite is spread from ladybird to another during mating.

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Although it does not affect humans they could be dangerous to our familiar native red winged species.

Steve McGrail, director of pest control company Pro Kill Environment, said, ‘They are a non-indigenous species. They are coming inside in large numbers.

‘They usually cluster around window frames and they cluster together to gather heat and hibernate in winter months.’

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