Ladybirds riddled with sexually transmitted infections have been invading homes across Britain . The bugs, known as Harlequin Ladybirds, are said to be seeking cosy hibernation spots – targeting homes across the country as many of us turn our heating on in time for autumn. Flying in from Asia and North America, the tiny insects have black instead of red wings and are spreading rapidly across England and Wales. British heptathlete and GB Olympian Kelly Sotherton tweeted a horrifying video of hundreds of ladybirds crawling around her window and across the ceiling. She said: “Get home and welcomed by swarms of ladybirds in every window #ladybirdinvasion.”

The bugs crawling across the ceiling inside the home of GB olympian Kelly Sotherton
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There were hundreds of bugs inside Kelly Sotherton’s home
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Olympian Kelly Sotherton is an English former heptathlete
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Twitter user DoubleIn160 compared the scene to that of a “Biblical plague”. Many people have been turning to social media to show the extent of the invasion in their area – with some getting plastered in the little bugs while out dog walking. Shakira Phillips was staying in a Premier Inn in East Sussex when she spotted the bugs gathered in the corner of a window.

Harlequin ladybirds behind the furniture in Laura Barnes’s home
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Laura Barnes sent in an image of the bugs around her front door
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Margaret Yescombe spotted huge clusters in her home
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While Laura Jayne sent the Mirror Online images of her covered in the ladybirds after taking her dogs for a walk in Bramcote Park, Ilkeston. Laura’s trousers were plastered in the little red bugs after she walked through thousands of them in mid-air. She said: “I took my dogs for a walk around Bramcote park in Ilkeston and there was a huge ladybird swarm. “Must of been thousands flying around in just one area.”

Laura’s trousers were covered in the bugs
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Laura Barnes also revealed how the bugs had invaded her home and gathered around her front door and behind furnitire. Kathryn Typer also uploaded an image of the bugs crawling over her walls and ceiling. She said: “Losing my s**t here over the little buggers”. Jake Outrim also spotted the creepy crawlies scampering across his window. Experts say the foreign invaders actually pose a threat to the domestic species because they carry a sexually-transmitted disease called Laboulbeniales fungal disease. 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.

Laura said there were huge swarms of the bugs in Bramcote Park
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Shakira Phillips spotted a cluster in the corner of a room in her home
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He said: “They are a non-indigenious 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.” Scientists say a fungus the creatures carry, which is passed on through mating, will infect our native species which are already under threat from habitat loss. While they do not yet know if the fungus is harmful, the UK Ladybird Survey says it is possible the disease affects the lifespan or the number of eggs a female can produce over her lifespan.
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