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Does anyone know where I can buy some of these on the West or Central side of town? I am having the "Attack of the Aphids" at my house and I really do not want to spray with chemicals. Plus it is my daughters favorite bug.
I just went to Baker on Wednesday and they had bags of lady bugs for sell.
I am fortunate enough to have them come in my yard when I need them.
I do not have any pest at this time but it is just a matter of time.
Baker's huh. Well there goes my paycheck :o) There is no way I can go there and not come out with a few more experiments. Thanks for the tip about letting them out at night. Last year we had lots of them but the property we bought also had 2 ft high weeds everywhere. I have seen all the other insects starting to show up. (last night the scorpions and wolf spiders came to visit) The gnats have been out for at least a week. I cannot wait for the toads to show up and start insect population control!
Anyone seen lady bugs for sale at HD or Lowe's lately? My neighbor Vicki and I are ready. Due to my unavoidable lack of attention to my roses, it's "Aphid-Fest" out there. I was covered with them when I got done pruning today.
Hate to break it to ya Marie but the pre-packaged ladybug thing is a total scam. Collected from far off places, oftentimes species that don't even belong in Arizona, collected enmass while dormant and not in a major predatory cycle. Release them and they head back up to the upper elevations to finish their diapause.
No, once they are heading into diapause they are feeding mostly on pollen and not other insects. There have been universities that have been working on breaking diapause in ladybird beetles with little success so far.
Don't believe me, feel free to contact your friendly neighborhood entomologist at ASU or UA, at the UA Carl Olson is a great resource.
Check Arbico's web site, they're very informative.
Also, if you do buy them, keep them in the house, having misted them to give them som much-needed moisture. than and sunset go out and hose down the foliage in your garden, makeing sure the soil is damp. They're more likely to stay if they're released after dark, and have moist areas to hunker down in in general.
I've had mixed success with store-bought ladybugs. One year, they woke up ravenous and horny, bred like crazy and ate every aphid in sight. Other years, they've pretty much left for parts unknown - to me, at least. This year, many stayed and ate the aphids in my vinca, the canary in the coal mine plant. They always hit it first.