1500 Live Ladybugs + Hirt's Nature Nectar - Guaranteed Live Delivery
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- If temperatures are over 85 degrees F. in your area, please choose expedited shipping. A favorite "good bug," ladybugs have been a popular beneficial insects for the past 20 years
- When released at sundown (because they don't fly at night), ladybugs eat aphids, mealy bugs, scale, leaf hoppers, and other destructive pests
- They keep on eating until the bad guys are gone
- Ladybugs prefer to eat aphids and will devour up to 50 a day
- You will receive approximately 1,500 live Lady Bugs plus Hirt's Nature Nectar™
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A favorite "good bug," ladybugs have been a popular beneficial insects for the past 20 years. When released at sundown (because they don't fly at night), ladybugs eat aphids, mealy bugs, scale, leaf hoppers, and other destructive pests. And they keep on eating until the bad guys are gone, laying their own eggs in the process. When new pests arrive, fresh ladybugs will be waiting. You will love them because ladybugs really work, plus they will be doing something favorable for the environment. LADYBUGS (Hippodamia convergens)
USE: Ladybugs prefer to eat aphids and will devour up to 50 a day, but they will also attack scale, mealy bugs, boil worm, leaf hopper, and corn ear worm.
Spray the foliage in the area of the ladybug release with Hirt's Natures Nectar™, shortly before releasing the ladybugs.
Ladybug Nectar is a specially formulized nutritional supplement. This nutrient rich food successfully substitutes for many of the nutrients found in natural nectars, pollen, and honeydew (aphid waste). It is the best replacement food when a natural food supply is lacking, and stimulates egg production in ladybugs, lacewings, and other beneficial insects. It also helps encourage and maintain a continuous local beneficial insect population in your yard, garden or greenhouse.
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Every single bug lived. They even sat in their box in the sun down by my garage for a whole day and a half (my bad, the one day I didn't track my shipping and there they were) and miraculously, they all lived.
And the coolest part about this seller is the nectar they send with the bugs. I mixed that up in a 32oz squirt bottle (32oz=1qt) and spent about 20 minutes last night spraying down my peppers, pumpkins, zucchini, radishes, you name it. Then I had to wrestle some bugs away from the corner of the bag so I could cut the corner off. They immediately began swarming out all over the bag and my hand - they tickle. I just went from plant to plant, brushing the escapees off of the bag onto my plants. They were very thirsty ladybugs, as soon as they hit the nectar they stopped and drank. It was neat to watch. And since it was night, none of them flew away, they all stayed where I put them. The remaining few I couldn't get out of the bag, I left them in it and then put the bag inside my most infested zucchini plant.
This morning I came out to check on them and they were happily munching on aphids. Hungry ladybugs! The bag was completely empty, reaffirming my stunned disbelief that every single bug lived. Found a few of them "getting married," so maybe my aphid infested garden is honeymoon material. Hoping to see ladybug larvae soon. There was some nectar left so I'll keep spraying it to encourage the ladybugs to stick around. There's still plenty of aphids for them to eat too, so I hope a good amount of them decide to make my garden their home.
If not, I'll just order more. They got here fast and in great condition. If you're nervous about ordering ladybugs online, don't be with this seller. I have terrible luck when it comes to ordering things online and these guys beat the odds. Thank you Hirts.
It was two day shipping, and they put what appeared to be an ice-pack (great idea!) in with the ladybugs. Of course the ice pack was very hot by the end of the two days, but it seems to have helped.
I let the ladybugs out as soon as they got here and they went right to work. I could not open the mesh bag fast enough for them; they were so hungry. It took them three days to eat up most of our pests and they were gone, except for a handful that stayed behind to make my backyard their permanent home.
I have no idea how many bugs actually came in the bag, I would say 1500 is as good a guess as any, but its a TON of them. Of those, about 50% seemed to be immediately active, about 30% very groggy, and 20% had already died :(
I watched them for a little while and then headed to bed. Glad to see that they seemed to be eating, drinking, and copulating. (And not flying away!)
Upon revisiting the garden the next day, I was dismayed to see what could only be described as absolute ladybug carnage. Little red and black shells were all over the place. Many still on the leaves where I left them the night before.. I checked all over the garden and counted around 30 still alive and well. The rest were dead or dying.
If this review could serve as a cautionary tale to the potential buyer, the one thing I would not recommend is the spritz of the cola-water. I'm afraid making the insects unable to fly, makes it difficult for them to fly from plant to plant in search of food/water. It definitely kept them all in the garden; in fact I don't think I saw a single one fly! But unfortunately, I think they will best serve as an addition to the compost for next years top soil.
PS I have seen a number of reviewers mention the great Customer Service of the Hirt's Gardens. I haven't talked to anyone from there yet, but if they were to send me a replacement order, I will promise to not spray them with the Cola-Water mix again :)
Cheers, happy gardening
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Seems I was cheated.