Toxic caterpillars, spiders & STD ladybirds: When to expect each insect invasion in 2019
Every year like clockwork, a range of creepy crawlies burst into life both inside and outside our homes.
By Alex Evans
Sunday, 24th March 2019, 2:04 pm
Updated Sunday, 24th March 2019, 2:13 pm
Some of the insects you can expect in 2019 - and when
But when should you expect each army of multi-legged or winged visitors? We run through the key months of 2019 when you can expect insect invasions, and if there's anything you need to be aware of.
Do not touch these. Covered in long hairs which trigger skin and eye irritations, rashes and breathing difficulties and allergic reaction can be worse. They are found around oak trees in late spring.
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Termites exist all year but in spring to summer they will mature and swarm, and their next generation will begin boring into your wood. Look for piles of wood dust in cellars and attics, as they can be deadly to structures.
Every year, Flying Ant Day is the day in which millions of these critters burst from their nests and swarm gardens, driveways and streets up and down the country. Harmless, but they can eat your garden fruit and veg!
Bedbugs peak in warm conditions. They can live in second hand furniture like cabinets, beds and sofas and then move in to your home even in new beds. They can be annoying, so boil wash sheets to kill them.
Peaking in hot conditions, the Blandford fly is nasty, and its bite can leave people seriously ill including swelling, fevers and blistering. If you are bitten in the groin or armpit, seek medical advice.
Spiders exist all year round, but they tend to peak inside our homes in about Augut to September, when they head out from their hiding places in search of a mate before hibernating for winter.
Not to be confused with wasps and bees, which are both vital to our gardens thanks to their work in pollinating, Asian hornets can nest inside houses and destroy wood, and they are able to give repeated, nasty stings.
Totally harmless, but can be intimidating! Wildlife experts say the best way to deal with these nocturnal invaders is to shoo them out of a window.
Asian Harlequin ladybirds begin to invade homes around October, swarming on windowsills. Thought to be safe to humans but carry a fungal disease which can threaten our domestic ladybirds.
Silverfish peak in the winter months, when houses are at their dampest. They thrive on damp and they can be a sign your house has an issue. They can leave marks on walls and holes in wallpaper.