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Can you really catch an STD from a ladybird? Here's what a doctor says

11 October, 2018

You may have seen the countless articles in the press about the ‘invasion’ of ladybirds in our homes. What’s more worrying is that these are supposedly “sex crazed” ladybirds that are harbouring STD’s and have cannibalistic tendencies. 

To put your mind at rest, Push Doctor is here to deliver the facts.

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What should I do if I find ladybirds in my home?

During the Autumn, ladybirds seek warm areas to hibernate, which includes buildings and inevitably, our homes.

They pose no harm, so don’t worry if you come across them in a corner of your home.

If you remove or disturb them, be aware that ladybirds can secrete a yellow fluid that stains clothing and furniture.

 

Can Ladybirds Bite?

Ladybirds can and will bite people, and some species are more likely to do so than others if there’s no food or water available for them.

While ladybird bites don’t usually cause any health problems, in some rare cases, they can cause an allergic reaction.

 

Why do ladybirds bite people?

Ladybirds will take extreme measures to survive, including eating other ladybirds and biting people to get some much-needed food or water.

One species that’s notorious for this is the Asian Harlequin ladybird, the young of which will happily turn to humans for sustenance when conditions are particularly hot or difficult.

 

And finally, can you catch an STD from a ladybird?

NO. You can’t.

Dr Prudence Knight, a Push Doctor online GP said “Humans cannot catch an STD from a ladybird. The current swarms are infected with a fungus which is only harmful to other ladybirds. We should be far more concerned with the risk of catching an STD through unprotected sexual encounters with our fellow humans.”

On a more serious note, if you are worried about any recent insect bites, allergy concerns or allergic reactions, you can book an online consultation and speak to one of our GP's who will be able to advise.

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Topics: Health and Wellbeing