Some Britons may have noticed a throng of ladybirds descending on their homes over the last few days. In fact, some homeowner have taken to Twitter to share their experience of the strange phenomenon. Some people have described the pest invasion as a “plague” and a “sign of the end of days”.
He said the spectacle is down to ideal warm weather conditions overlapping with the natural hibernation season of the insects.
He said: “We had a sudden turn in the weather conditions last week – a cold snap which signalled hibernation season.
“Then the warm weather this week has presented an opportunity for the insects to (all at once) find a safe home for winter in ideal conditions”.
The sudden swarm of ladybirds can feel unnerving for those who dislike insects.
The ecologist recommends leaving them alone if you find them in your house.
He said: “We have very little to fear from ladybirds.
“They are completely harmless – they’ll likely overwinter in a dormant state in or around your home during winter – then fly away in spring to find food and mate.”
“I would encourage the general public to enjoy the spectacle and be thankful for the range of benefits Ladybirds bring to the garden.”
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