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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.

1,500 Live Ladybugs [Hirt’s Gardens]
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5 Responses to Let Beetles Do Your Bidding

  1. Toolaremia says:

    This was the theme of an episode of the Trailer Park Boys I just watched yesterday. Great f$#@&%g show. ;-D

  2. Joe says:

    For those who might want to look into this area, the field is called integrated pest management or IPM.

  3. MattC says:

    I did this last year. I ordered from a farm in CA, shipped to my house in MD (several days). My kids thought it was really cool to help release them on my gardens. They fly away ( they will do that) but leave their larva behind so a new generation forms. Really cool alternative to using chemicals.

  4. Jeff says:

    Folks living near my father-in-law do this, and while I applaud the natural approach to pest control, I’ve got to warn you that nothing short of sealing your house in a ziplock bag will stop these things from invading come fall. When they’re looking for someplace warm to hide for the winter, and again in the spring when they come back out, you’ll have multiple hundreds of them, perhaps even thousands, crawling all over the inside of your home. They’re harmless, but it’s very disturbing to have any types of bugs, even harmless ones, ALL OVER the house. In the computer. In the air purifier. In the suitcases. In drawers. In boxes you haven’t touched in years. Flying around, with a “tick, tick, tick” noise as their hard shells bounce along the light fixtures ceilings. !!!

  5. Brau says:

    Like Jeff says, I have millions of them …. everywhere! How they get in and hibernate around my windows is beyond me. Ladybugs are unique in that they go through two bug stages meaning most people don’t recognize the first stage and kill them unaware. They do help, but on some plants you will simply have to use a bit of pesticide as they cannot devour massive aphid or green worm outbreaks.

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