Homes and Businesses in South East on Red Alert for Harlequin Ladybird
It emits a foul smell, bites children and adults and, according to scientists, it’s poised to wreak ecological havoc for hundreds of Britain’s native species.
The Harlequin Ladybird is the latest unwelcome insect in thousands of homes and businesses – with the South East of England carrying the main brunt. With no natural enemies, the Harlequin Ladybird is spreading across Britain at a rate of 60 miles a year, killing our 46 native Ladybird species plus countless of other insects in the process. Scientists are referring to it as a plague.
Ralph Izod, Managing Director Dyno-Pest said, “In the last few months we have received dozens of calls from concerned householders and businesses, reporting outbreaks of these ladybirds. Once they infest a building, whether it’s a private dwelling, an office block, a manufacturing plant or a hotel, they can’t be got rid of unless professional treatments are used, followed by a preventative treatment. I recently visited a business in the Bristol area with a long-standing infestation of them. Not only was the smell horrendous, several members of staff reported being bitten and the surfaces were covered in the discharge that the Harlequin Ladybird leaves behind. They are hardy insects, spending the winter period hibernating in cracks in buildings before reproducing.”