Attracting Ladybugs to your Garden


Ladybug, Ladybug where have you been.


Ladybugs in the garden are one of the few insects that are not a pest; in fact we encourage them to stay because of their positive impact on the garden.  So what is it that makes ladybugs so special.  First they eat soft bodied insects like aphids, scale insects and other insects that are harmful to the garden.  One ladybug can eat up to 50 aphids a day!  The great thing about this is that it means using less, or no pesticides to get rid of insects that are infesting your vegetable garden or flower garden. 

The best way to attract ladybugs into your garden is by including some of their favorite plants like cosmos, coneflowers and black-eyed susans.  The other option is to order them through mail order or online.  A couple of things to remember when you get ladybugs this way first is that you will lose around 50% of your ladybugs to your neighbors yards.  One way to keep this down to a minimum is to release your ladybugs at night time in the area you are having the problems (assuming you have for example an infestation on your tomato plants).  The ladybugs will stay close for the night and wake up hungry and start munching on the aphids. 


Once you get the ladybugs in your garden the next step is to keep them there.  One way to approach this is by providing ladybug houses.  Ladybug houses will keep the ladybugs in your garden throughout the winter and they will lay their eggs there in the spring. 

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