What do Ladybugs eat?
Ladybugs feed on Aphids, Mealybugs, Spider Mites, Thrips and other soft bodied, slow moving insects. Remember with beneficial insects think Preventative Care!
Nature’s Good Guys (a.k.a. Soldier Bugs) Live Ladybugs are prepped and pre-fed to be the Best General Soldiers in any Organic Garden, Greenhouse, Grow Room, Patio, Rooftop Garden, Interiorscapes or anywhere pests exist. Ladybugs are very aggressive beneficial insects in both the adult and larvae stage. As Ladybugs feast on pests they also lay eggs. Release several times during growing season.
Release your Soldier Bugs, Ladybugs at dusk or dawn. Store Ladybugs in a household refrigerator until you are ready to release. Misting foliage beforehand may improve performance. With ample food and moisture, Ladybugs can begin to reproduce immediately. Simply sprinkle the Ladybugs on and at the base of infected plants!
Their favorite meals include: Crickets, Grasshoppers, Moths, Locust, Caterpillars, Flies, Cockroaches and other pests.
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Nature's Good Guys (a.k.a. Soldier Bugs) Live Praying Mantis Egg Cases are a must have for any Organic Garden or Bug Friendly Person! Praying Mantises can be used in vegetable gardens, greenhouses, indoor grows, on trees, shrubs, ivy anywhere pest exist, or kept as pets. These beautiful insects are known to have a voracious appetite. They are strictly carnivorous and feed on almost all insects.
Simply place your package of Mantis Egg Cases in a warm area out of direct sunlight and check every few days for hatching. The egg cases will need approximately 70°F for 2-6 weeks to hatch, depending on when the female laid the egs. Release the baby mantises as soon as hatching occurs.
Attach the egg case to a twig or place in the crotch of the plant about 1 to 2 feet off the ground. When hatching, the young crawl from between tiny flaps and hang from silky threads about 2 inches below the egg case. Once the egg has hatched, it does not change in appearance! The well camouflaged babies will disperse within an hour.
TARGET PESTS: Aphids, Small Caterpillars, Whiteflies, Mites, Scale, Thrips, Psyllids, Mealybugs and other soft-bodied insects and their eggs.
DESCRIPTION: Green Lacewings are general predators that feed on a variety of insects. They are very effective on aphids. During the larval stages, it is a predator. Adults are large green insects with large, almost transparent lace-like green wings. Larvae are small alligator looking critters with conspicuous legs. They move from plant to plant on leaves. Larvae pupate on upper leaf surfaces, plant stems and twigs. Eggs are laid on hair-like filaments – up to 600 eggs per adult.
Preventative: 1-3 per 10 sq.ft., monthly, as needed.
Low: 2-5 per 10 sq.ft., bi-weekly, 2-3 times.
Medium: 4-8 per 10 sq.ft., weekly, 2-4 times.
High: 1 per sq. ft.,bi-weekly, 3-5 times.
Acres: 50% of rates listed.
Depending on the size and type of plants, the number and type of pests, other predator and parasite populations
and temperature affect the frequency and quantity of releases.
LIFESPAN: Egg to adult: about 30 days depending on weather. Adults live for 20-40 days and will lay 10-30 eggs/day and up to 600 eggs on hair-like filaments. Lacewing eggs hatch in about 3-5 days after reaching temperature of about 60 °F. Larvae are predators for 2 weeks or longer if nights are cool. During 2-3 larval stages, one solitary Lacewing can kill 300-400 aphids, 11,000 spider mites, 3,700 scale crawlers or 6,000 scale eggs. Cocoons yield adult Lacewings in about 5 days. The adult Lacewing will migrate toward pollen, insect honeydew or nectar before laying eggs. Temperature and food availability will determine the timing of each stage and reproductivity.
STRATEGIC CONSIDERATIONS: Pesticides and even-wetting agents and spreader-stickers may adversely affect Lacewing survival. Broad spectrum and systemic insecticides are toxic to Lacewings.