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Eradicating Ladybirds for London homeowners

The Harlequin Ladybird from Asia is now invading thousands of British homes and businesses in its billions.  Also known as the Asian Lady Beetle or the Japanese Ladybug, it invades homes and businesses in October in preparation for hibernation.

It occurs in three main colour forms- red or orange with black spots, black with four red spots, and black with two red spots.  The species is typically large – 7 to 8 mm long and it is more dome shaped the native European species. The Harlequin Ladybird is to be found in its highest numbers in the South East of England.

Experts are predicting that the anticipated warm summer will provide perfect conditions for the Harlequin Ladybird.  Unlike British ladybirds, the Harlequin Ladybird does not need a cold winter for adults to reach sexual maturity and so to be able to breed.  This means that they can breed in their billions and, wreak havoc in homes and businesses if left untreated.

Although the Harlequin Ladybird does not spread disease, it bites children and adults and emits a rotting smell, staining surfaces with an orange coloured discharge.  It thrives over any harsh winter and unlike the British Ladybird it spends the winter hibernating in cracks in residential and commercial buildings.

Professional treatment

If you’re experiencing problems with an infestation of these ladybirds, professional treatment is the only solution to effectively getting rid of them.  The treatment programme would consist of one initial treatment and, wherever possible the entry points to the property that the ladybirds are using would be blocked.  This would be followed by a preventative treatment.

Researchers of the Harlequin Ladybird are urging people not to take matters into their own hands, but to seek professional treatment instead.