Ladybirds with sex bug invade
SWARMS of ladybirds riddled with sexually transmitted diseases are set to invade the UK.
The tiny critters, known as Harlequin Ladybirds, have started appearing across the UK after being swept overseas from Asia and North America.
Coloured black instead of red, they are thought to be carrying a type of pox.
Experts have warned that the bugs, which are now seeking hibernation in people’s homes, pose a threat because they carry Laboulbeniales, a sort of fungi which is transferred through mating.
Pest control boss Steve McGrail said: “They are coming inside in large numbers and usually cluster around window frames together to gather heat and hibernate in winter months.”
He recommends sealing windows to keep them out.