4,500 Live Ladybugs - Good Bugs - Guaranteed Live Delivery!
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- Ladybugs are general predators that feed on a variety of slow-moving insects including Aphids, Moth eggs, Mites, Scales, Thrips, Leaf Hoppers, Mealybugs, Chinch Bugs, Asparagus Beetle larvae, Whitefly and others
- Nature's Good Guys mesh bag of Live adult ladybugs
- Ladybugs are Guaranteed with Live Delivery!
- Includes a Ladybug educational sheet with Release Tips, Release Rates, Ladybug Fun Facts and FAQ's
- Includes a Ladybug Life Cycle Poster and 4,500 adult pre-fed ladybugs, covers aprox. 1,500 sq.ft.
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Ladybugs are general predators that feed on a variety of slow-moving insects including Aphids, Moth eggs, Mites, Scales, Thrips, Leaf Hoppers, Mealybugs, Chinch Bugs, Asparagus Beetle larvae, Whitefly and other slow-moving insects. Ladybugs are a must-have for organic gardening or organic farming. A ladybug eats insects during both the adult and larval stages, so you can buy ladybugs as adults and continue to have live ladybugs eating through other parts of their life cycle as they reproduce. Adults are shiny, hemispherical beetles, often reddish-orange or yellow, with black markings. Larvae are black, with conspicuous legs and orange spots on their backs. The larvae are often compared in appearance to tiny alligators, and are similarly aggressive in consuming insects. The larvae move from plant to plant on leaves. Larvae pupate on the upper leaf surfaces, plant stems and twigs. Eggs are yellowish-orange ovals, laid on end in clusters of 10 to 50. Shipped: In mesh bags, or natural, unbleached, reusable cotton bags. Store In a regular household refrigerator for one to two weeks max. Release Tips: Release at dusk, after spraying some plants with water, so they can drink. Release near infestations in small amounts over a two week period. Release Rates: 1,600 ladybugs covers aprox.100 sq. feet. Half pint covers aprox. 3,000 sq. feet. 1 gallon covers aprox. 1 – 5 acres Heavy infestations use 1-2 gallons per acre.
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1. It is a good idea to try to be home when the ladybugs are delivered, especially in the warmer months. If your mail gets dropped off in the morning and it is nice and warm and sunny out, chances are the ladybugs will sit in the sun all day and die due to the heat.
2. Try not to have the bugs delivered to a mailbox that sits in the sun all day - again the bugs will die from the heat or of starvation.
3. If you are not going to release them immediately, place them in the refrigerator (not the freezer). If you leave them out, they will remain out of hybernation and tend to die of starvation rather quickly. Be sure that your fridge is not set below 38 F or the bugs may also freeze and die.
4. Keep the bugs away from the fridge fan vent port. Blowing cold air directly on the bugs or their container can also freeze them and kill them.
5. Release at dusk or night - they will fly off in the daytime, especially if there is not a lot of food for them
6. Try to release in an enclosed area, like a greenhouse. Bugs make great food for the birds and some other animals. If the birds can see them, the birds will eat them.
Mine arrived save and moving about slowly in their fabric bag, and there were good instructions regarding what to do if you weren't using them right away. I had mine in the fridge for about a week before I took them out to warm up. It does also remind you what to do about the length of storage and whether or not you need to water them (with a damp cotton ball into their bag). I got more than I needed - but it's a good price, and I'd rather overdo it and perhaps populate the neighbourhood a bit with the "extras".
I did also order the Ladybug NectarTM ignored to help attract them to the particular fruit trees I need them for.
I'm happy with them, and I'll be ordering them next year (as well as probably in a few weeks just in case - I've got a small but intense garden, and "good" bugs are always welcome).
I fully expected this to fail.
The lady bugs were healthy and active when we released them to a heavily aphid infested fruit tree.
Over few days, as expected the 9000 lady bugs we released became a rare site.
BUT the silver lining was all these lady bug larvae crawling around everywhere.
We didn't spot them at first, but over few days they were everywhere destroying aphids
It looks like ladybug larvae are winning battle against aphids.. hope they don't leave after the job is done.
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all alive which surprised me, It would be nice
if your directions were explained a bit better, but
will know next time...