La­dy­birds with sex bug in­vade

Midweek Sport - - SUNDAY SPORT -

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.

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