Ladybird Invasion!

Ladybird Invasion!

A Harlequin Ladybird - often in black but also in orange and red!

Ladybird Invasion!

We've had several reports of properties across ths Island that are suffering from a large amount of black Ladybirds with red spots - described to us in one property as 'a Ladybird Invasion'.  We checked with David French of Five Star Pest Control and he reported that swarms of Asian 'Harlequin' Ladybirds got lost and were carried across to the UK by unusal winds.

The good news is that the Ladybirds are not considered to be harmful to humans - but they are not so good for our own Isle of Wight Ladybirds because they compete for resources and they carry a fungal disease which the UK Ladybird Survey says may affects the lifespan or the number of eggs a female can produce over her lifespan.  They should be heading for somewhere warm to hibernate now for winter - and often end up in wooden window-frames and doors.

The most humane way to dispose of them is thought to be to sweep them up and dispose of them outside.