Ladybugs, also known as lady beetles, are one of the most popular beneficial insects used in organic gardening for pest control. They are small, red insects with distinctive black spots on their wings, and they are known for their voracious appetite for garden pests such as aphids, spider mites, mealybugs, and other soft-bodied, slow-moving insects.
Using ladybugs in your garden is a natural and effective way to control pest populations without the use of harmful pesticides. When you purchase your NaturesGoodGuys Ladybugs, you’ll want to provide them with suitable habitat and the proper resources in order to be successful.
Ladybugs like to hide in dense foliage, so planting a variety of plants with different textures and heights can provide them with shelter. They also need a source of water, so providing a shallow dish of water, a dripping hose, or misting plant foliage before release can help.
Image: Ladybug pupa
Once ladybugs have established themselves in your garden, they will begin to feed on the pests that are causing damage to your plants. Ladybugs can eat up to 50 aphids in a single day, making them a highly effective pest control solution, without the need for chemicals!
Image: Ladybug eating aphids
When introducing ladybugs to your garden, it is important to do so at the right time. You do not want to release them at the hottest time of day, instead, release them at dawn or dusk. Carefully cut open your NaturesGoodGuys Ladybugs mesh bag or open the habitat cup and gently sprinkle them at the base of your plants. You may also leave the mesh bag or cup on your plant for a few hours, making sure they all crawl out.
Image: Ladybug larva
Using beneficial insects is a numbers game. If pest populations are high, it may take a larger number of ladybugs to get the problem under control. Once you’ve done so, it is important to keep up with smaller, spaced out releases for continued maintenance control.
NaturesGoodGuys Ladybugs are the smart, effective choice of pest control for organic gardeners. By providing them with a suitable habitat and introducing them at the right time, you can help maintain balance in your garden ecosystem and keep your plants healthy and pest-free!