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Sustainable Alternatives: Purchasing Ladybugs To Control Aphids?

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cue_chik
Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 12, 2009
7:34 PM

Post #6400119

Does this really work? Has anyone tried this before? I can't imagine the Ladybugs have much incentive to hang around unless your completely infested with Aphids.

But would love to know if anyone has done this and whether or not it worked for them
garden_mermaid
San Francisco Bay Ar, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 12, 2009
11:49 PM

Post #6400898

cue_chik, the beneficial insects like ladybugs and green lacewings eat most of the aphids in their larval stage but then need pollen and nectar as well as the aphids in the adult stage. If you are going to invest in ladybugs & lacewings, you might want to consider whether you also have suitable blossoms around to complete their diet.
There are commercial bug chows available as well.

Insectaries can be very beautiful additions to your garden and will help ensure a continual population of insect helpers.

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