Asian lady beetles are typically somewhat more aggressive than native varieties and may bite if they land on the skin. Though the bite is not very painful, some people can have allergic reactions, ranging from eye problems like conjunctivitis ("pink eye") to hay fever, cough, asthma, or hives. The multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle goes through four stages in its life cycle. Female adult lady beetles lay eggs on plants near colonies of aphids, mites and scale insects. Yellow eggs are laid in clusters of varying numbers. After 3-7 days, the larva hatch out and begin searching for food.
When a graphic image of Bailey, the dog with over 40 Asian lady beetles stuck to the roof of her mouth, surfaced in 2016, pet parents were naturally alarmed. Fortunately, her veterinarian was able to remove the beetles, and Bailey was restored to good health. As a good dog parent, you’d like to.