We remodeled this old house about ten years ago and that drastically reduced our uninvited wintertime guests. Now we see them in the yard and outdoor garden.(a few still invite themselves into the house but it’s Much better!) We knew ladybugs prey on aphids and are a gardener’s friend. We would like to keep them out of the house and in our garden and greenhouse!
Ladybugs as Organic Pest Control:
- Ladybugs, or lady beetles (Hippodamia convergens) are the best known garden predators available. They are known to help control aphids, mites and scale!
- ladybugs, both the adult and their dark gray and orange marked larvae, feed on aphids (40-50 per day) and a wide variety of other soft-bodied pests, mites and insect eggs.
- The University of Kentucky has a great fact sheet on ladybugs as predators you may find useful.
- One interesting fact they site: Ladybugs eat about 5000 bugs in their lifetime! That’s a lot of aphids 🙂
Insecticidal Soaps and Ladybugs:
HOW TO ATTRACT BENEFICIAL BUGS TO YOUR GARDEN:
Ladybugs as Organic Pest Control works best if you can keep them in your garden!
- Provide a water source. Example is flat plates of water under your garden plants (not to much or mosquitos will flourish).
- Plant flowers they love. Some Ladybug species need flowering pollinating plants. Garden choices are chives, yarrow, alyssum, cosmos, cilantro, dill, feverfew…lots of choices!
- Plant decoy plants that actually attract and hold aphids to draw ladybugs into your garden. Marigolds and nasturtiums are aphid favorites. We grow both of these plants in the greenhouse. Aphids also LOVE basil! These all make great companion plants in your garden. And keep the ladybugs happy too!
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