Allergic To Ladybugs?



Lady beetles, commonly called lady bugs, are one of the most friendly insects to have in the garden.

But, one species, the multicolored Asian lady beetle, can cause allergic reactions in sensitive people. According to entomologists, this species is rapidly outnumbering the friendly, more well-known, convergent lady beetle found across the U.S.

In the fall ladybugs search out a warm place to hibernate for the winter and often enter homes. While nothing more than a nuisance to most people, hypersensitive people can suffer allergic reactions from contact with the beetle.

The University of Louisville in Kentucky reports that only 9 cases of ladybug allergy were recorded before 2005 but that cases have risen to over 99 in 2006.


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