Man’s mastered the horse, the cow, and the dog, but why stop there? How about using beetles to do your bidding? No harsh chemicals that’ll make your dog sick, no mixing noxious fluids together, and no cleaning out a pump sprayer — that’s the promise of using ladybugs to get rid of pests like aphids, mealy bugs, and other pests.
Release the ladybugs at night unless you really want to see them fly away. It also helps to wet the plants, trees, or shrubs before releasing them. Once you release them they eat until the food source is gone, and they lay more eggs in the process so if the pests do come back another generation of ladybugs will be waiting.
Companies like Hirt’s Gardens will ship you 1,500 beetles for about $13, but you probably want to check out your local garden center for species that are native to your area, to avoid another incident like the Asian Lady Beetle fiasco.