Ladybugs For Organic Insect Control
On my last journey to Bachman’s (my favorite local garden center), I was thrilled to discover that they had ladybugs for sale! Ladybugs are one of the best natural predators and are really helpful to our gardens.
They are among the excellent bugs. My garden was plagued with aphids last year, and I require all the help I can get to battle them naturally.
The majority of people I know hate using pesticides, and I do too. The greatest problem with pesticides is that they kill the excellent bugs right together with the bad bugs.
In fact, some of the bad bugs are resistant to pesticides, so essentially what we’re doing by spraying pesticides is killing the good bugs and helping out the bad bugs.
The very best thing we can do is to let nature take its course and recruit the great bugs to assist us out.
So, $11.99 plus tax bought me a bag of 1,500 ladybugs. I could not wait to get home and launch them. You can likewise buy ladybugs on Amazon!
Launching the ladybugs around my yard was a larger task than I expected. You can’t simply open the bag and let them all out in one spot. They’re territorial so if you launch them all in one area, they will simply fly away and find their own spot.
The guidelines stated to water the yard initially (because the ladybugs will be thirsty) and release the ladybugs in low light conditions, preferably in the evening. It didn’t say how many to launch in one spot though, so I winged it.
Initially, I was launching the ladybugs one at a time and ensuring I put each one on a plant leaf. It was quite remarkable to enjoy them, as soon as they set foot on the leaf, they would head straight to a water drop and beverage.
I found this interesting; I have actually never seen ladybugs drink previously. I was easily distracted by this procedure and before I knew it, I would look down and there would be 10 ladybugs crawling up my hand and arm.
I tried not to be squeamish when I was release the ladybugs– but when you look down and a bunch of bugs are crawling up your arm at a fast speed, it’s truly difficult not to swat at them, then drop the bag and escape shrieking. I had the ability to manage myself however.
After about an hour, I chose to start dropping a few ladybugs at a time to try to speed things up. This was much easier said than done because the ladybugs were crawling on the mesh bag and would not simply fall off when I shook it.
So I was attempting to thoroughly get a few out of the bag at a time and drop them around the garden. By the time it got dark, the bag didn’t seem like it was much emptier than it was when I began, so I quit for the night and put the bag of ladybugs into the fridge.
Obviously if you put them in the fridge, they fall asleep and you can save them in there for up to 2 weeks. Incredible! No requirement to keep them that long around here though.
The next night, I spent another hour releasing the ladybugs around the yard. Whew, that seemed like it was a never ever ending bag of ladybugs.
However I was able to finish the job, and my yard is now house to at least 1,500 ladybugs (and of those 1,500 ladybugs that I expanded in my lawn, I seemed like a minimum of 100 of them were crawling on me all night).
I make certain the ladybugs have actually decided to expand, and some have flown to the neighbors’ lawns. I sure hope that most of them will stay in my backyard; there’s absolutely plenty for them to eat in restaurants there.
Now it’s time to let nature take its course, I can’t wait to see if it makes a distinction.
REMARKABLE TRUTHS ABOUT LADYBUGS.
Here are some fascinating truths about ladybugs that were included with the directions (Guidelines printed by Beneficial Entomology company, St. Paul, MN):.
” Ladybugs feed on aphids, whitefly, thrips, mites, cinch bugs, alfalfa weevils, scale insects and other soft-bodied insects.”.
” Ladybugs do not eat plants”.
” They have couple of enemies since of their difficult shell and bitter taste. Dangerous spray is their number one hazard.”.
” Upon hatching, a Ladybug larva will consume approximately 400 aphids.”.
” As adults, Ladybugs might consume another 5,000 aphids.”.
” Ladybugs’ starved hungers and quick recreation enable them to rapidly clean out their prey.”.