Some Interesting Facts About Ladybugs and Aphids

Spring is a great time of year to buy yourself some ladybugs. If you have an aphid problem you will find that ladybugs can be your best friend.  A sufficient population of ladybugs will control an aphid infestation without the use of nasty and dangerous chemicals.  Ladybugs absolutely LOVE dining on those pesky aphids and will keep them from devouring your vegetables.  Ladybugs and aphids are part of the natural food chain and provide an environmentally sound way of keeping your garden healthy.

There are a few good websites that sell ladybugs in California. You should buy from a place locally not only because you can save on shipping, but you can better ensure that there will not be a high mortality rate after a long shipping process. Plus, you can feel good about buying local and supporting a California based business. If you live in Southern California, Growquest is a great place to buy from.

Some Interesting Facts About Ladybugs and AphidsThe ladybugs will arrive in a container that you can keep in your refrigerator for a week or two if necessary. This way you can release them slowly over time. The reasoning behind this is that even if some ladybugs move on to other areas you will be able to replenish them over time.  You should also release the ladybugs during the evening as they typically don’t travel very far at night.  Another tip for keeping your ladybugs inside your garden is to create a mixture of equal parts water and soda.  Sprinkle the mixture on the lady bugs before you release them.  This temporarily impedes the movement of the lady bugs’ wings and will limit their range for a couple of days.

When your fed-ex or ups delivery person drops your ladybugs off be sure to be home and bring them inside as soon as possible. You can easily kill your poor ladybugs if they get left out in the heat all day long. With many places in California getting temperatures in the 90′s even by early spring, this is something to watch out for.

Some Interesting Facts About Ladybugs and Aphids

  • Ladybugs eat mainly aphids but some will eat catepillars as well.
  • Ladybugs can eat up to 1000 aphids per day
  • Ladybug larvae can eat up to 500 aphids a day
  • Female ladybugs are bigger.
  • Some people call ladybugs ladybird beetles or lady beetles.
  • Ladybugs go through three changes from larva to pupa to adult.
  • The eggs of a ladybug are yellow and hatch in 3-7 days.
  • Females don’t need the male to produce eggs.