Smelly STD-riddled ladybirds from Asia are invading our homes
Stinky, STD-plagued ladybirds from Asia could be flying to your house right now, experts have warned.
The Harlequin bugs are infected with the Laboulbeniales sexually-transmitted disease and can give off a nasty chemical smell.
Flying with black wings instead of red ones, the ladybirds are seeking warmth in UK properties as winter looms.
Rory Dimond, ecological contractor for nature charity Buglife, said: “The Harlequin ladybirds are an invasive species from Asia.
“They particularly like houses and outbuildings and have a habit of gathering together in suitable areas.
“The ladybirds pose no danger to humans - but large gatherings can give off a chemical smell and in centrally-heated houses they may be woken up from hibernation by the warmth and fly around the house.
“Although it is not a native species, they are now so abundant that killing them will have next to no impact and we do note advocate spraying them with pesticides.
“It is best to remove the ladybirds humanely if you can using a glass and card.” Facebook user Hannah Molly said: “My dad went out to have a fag and counted about 100 of them and when he came back indoors he had loads on him. It was funny trying to see him get them off.”