How do I get rid of aphids?
There are lots of pesticides that will get rid of aphids, of
course with enough pesticide there also chances that you could
get rid of lots of other things as well. At The Beneficial Insect
Company we offer beneficial insect products which are the natural
or organic predators of pest insects such as the aphid. Predators
that we recommend for controlling aphids are the ladybug and
the green lacewing.
Ladybugs are one of the insects we all have in our gardens
today that are popular all over the world. (In fact, lots of
our internet bandwidth is used up by people referencing our
ladybug pictures on their websites.) In ancient times, ladybugs
were one of the indicators of good fortune and a bountiful harvest.
Ladybugs are not native to the United States. They were first
imported from Austrailia to control aphids on orange trees.
Since that time, hundreds of different kinds of ladybugs have
been imported to control aphids on different crops. You know
those pesky asian ladybugs that get in your house every winter?
- well those actually control aphids in soybeans.
Ladybugs are so popular in terms of aphid control because they
eat so many! Adult ladybugs can eat up to a 1000 aphids a day
and as a larvae, about half as many.
How do I release my ladybugs?
One of the problems
that many people have when they release ladybugs is that they
don't stay put. We like them to stay around and eat the aphids
at our house and not our neighbors. There are a couple of ways
to insure that ladybugs stay in your yard or garden.
them before sunrise or after dark - they navigate using the
them off in the fridge before releasing them, they are less
the garden or area where you release them, they tend to "stick"
a bit better and they will drink the moisture on the leaves.
Beneficial Ladybug Prices
Beneficial ladybugs are available from The
Beneficial Insect Company in liquid measurement containers
starting at one bag containing about 1,500 ladybugs, 4500 ladybugs in a half-pint
and about 75,000 in a gallon.
|1 Bag - $17.00
1/2 Pint - $25.00
1 Quart - $45.00
1/2 Gallon- $CALL
1 Gallon- $CALL