Harlequin Ladybirds Carry An STD – Risks For Humans Finally Revealed


Bugs with STDs – that’s just what we needed around the house these days, as we didn’t already have enough disease and problems to worry about.

Harlequin ladybirds have been invading homes all over Britain because they’re looking for cosy locations to hibernate during the winter that’s on its way.

As The Mirror reports, these bugs are flying in from Asia and North America, and they have black instead of red wings. They first arrived in Britan back in the summer of 2004.

It seems that the bugs were first seen in the southeast of England, but since then they began spreading quickly up to the north of England and west into Wales as well.

According to experts’ opinions, the invaders pose a serious threat to the domestic species that we’re used to because they seem to carry a sexually-transmitted disease called Laboulbeniales fungal disease.

Can humans get infected?

The question that we bet popped into your head is if these critters can infect us, humans, as well.

It’s true that the ladybirds do carry an STD but don’t worry as things are not as horrendous as they sound.

The Mirror notes the following: “The Laboulbeniales fungal disease is specific to arthropods, which includes insects, crustaceans, centipedes, millipedes, and spiders. This means humans cannot catch an STD from the ladybirds.”

Anyway, it seems that experts did warn homeowners to seal their windows in order to stop the bugs from getting inside their homes.

Steve McGrail, director of pest control company Pro Kill Environment, said Harlequin Ladybirds are not harmful to humans but recommended sealing windows to make sure they do not get in homes.

“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.”

According to scientists, there’s a fungus that the creatures carry which can be passed through mating and it infects our poor native species which are already threatened from habitat loss.


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