Aphids have always munched on my rose bushes, but this year we have a mad infestation, and I decided it was finally time to do something about it.
So, I jumped online and ordered a solution. It arrived in yesterday’s mail.
See the holes in the sides of the box? That’s a sure sign that you’ve received something good. My last box with holes had chicks inside. This one had
Ladybugs. 1,500 ladybugs to be exact.
Pretty dang cool, if you ask me. Even cooler if you happen to know that an adult ladybug can eat 5,000 aphids in its lifetime (around a year), and that their larvae munch down on another 400 a piece.
To get ladybugs to stay where you want them, you’re supposed to release them in the evening. This gives them enough time to find food, water and a place to sleep, but hopefully not enough time to fly off and explore. Ladybugs stick close to their food, so if you put them somewhere with a pest problem, they should stay put.
The instructions that came with my package said that the ladybugs would be thirsty from their travels, and recommended that you hose down the plants that you’d be releasing them on, so they’d have an immediate source of water.
We had three different rose bushes that we wanted to treat, so they all got a good hosing …
And then we released our ladybugs! So much more fun than spraying!
Hopefully they’re celebrating their new home with a big feast and some baby making. I’ll let you know how things turn out.
Want to order some ladybugs for your yard? This is where I got mine.