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Ladybugs! Everywhere, There’s Ladybugs…

by Fern on November 16, 2009

in Birds Bees & Butterflies

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If you’ve ever needed proof that releasing ladybugs at night greatly improves the odds that they’ll stick around, here it is.

I bought these ladybugs last Thursday and released them at night. I would have been happy if half of them were still there 24 hours later.

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The cool weather we’ve had during the day greatly increased the number that have stayed on my patio.

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Every plant on my patio is covered in ladybugs. And there are only a few aphids left, but I saw the pack of ladybugs busily working on the last of them, so I’m pretty sure they’re all gone now.

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If you’d like to use ladybugs as an organic way to control aphids, first, try to attract native varieties. You can do this by growing plants that ladybugs like.

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If that doesn’t work, you can buy a small cup of ladybugs at the nursery. Put the ladybug cup in the fridge until nightfall. After dusk, sprinkle the ladybugs around your garden. Voila! aphid problem solved.

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