Ladybugs...natures little enforcers!


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Ladybugs really are wonderful little creatures. Sure, they are cute. But what they do for your plants indoors and out is really understated. They eat every little nasty pest that tortures and kills our pretty green things. Have problems with spider mites? Ladybugs will devour them up. Scale an issue? Let loose some Ladybugs and watch the nasty little scales disappear! Aphids a problem? An adult Ladybug will eat up to 50 aphids a day! I have been grabbing up the strays that appear on my back door window and placing them in my plants. It's interesting watching them march up and down your leaves, stopping occasionally to eat a little nasty you otherwise wouldn't have known was there.

These guys are on my Brush Cherry doing what Ladybugs do (y)

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I've always wondered why people bought ladybugs for their gardens. I remember being a child and my mother buying them at the store. I loved to get them and watch them roam free. They are beautiful little creatures. I think I might go buy some and let them roam free in my garden. Not only will I enjoy seeing them, but it's nice to know they'll be killing the pests. :)
 
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I didn't know that ladybugs are beneficial to the plants because they eat plant pests like the spider mites. We used to see ladybugs here, the yellow ones which inhabit some plants. Now they seem to be gone and there are spider mites in the mango tree. What about aphids, do ladybugs eat aphids? That white pest is one of our worst enemies, they reside in the fruits of our sugar apple.
 
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I knew that ladybugs eat aphids, but I had no idea they eat spider mites too! This is interesting:) I definitely should invite a few ladybugs to my apartment. There are billions of nasty spider mites here:(
 
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I have read about what ladybugs do for our garden, but strange thing is that I don't see them around during the summer much, but these past two weeks, I am seeing lots them flying around now. I think they like cooler weather or something.

Your ladybugs and flowers are beautiful!
 
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This is great information. I thought ladybugs just added to the aesthetics of the garden. They eat aphids and spider mites? That's awesome;). I will never look at the small, beautiful, serene bugs the same way again. Growing up, one of the worst things ever was to kill a ladybug, even by accident. I'm glad you made this post. Thanks Java Guy.
 
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I thought those lady beetles were quite a nuisance, being every where. Good to know that is not the case. How can you tell if your plants are being effected by aphids or spider mites?
 
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I've always thought that ladybugs were beautiful little things, didn't know they were so valuable in such a practical way. Thanks for the information Java Guy.(y)
 
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@alexiskilgannon: Make sure you prep your garden before you let the Ladybugs out or else they will all just fly away...yikes!!
@Corzhens: Ladybugs are voracious aphid eaters. An adult will eat 5000 aphids in it's lifetime!
@claudine: Spider mites is the reason I learned about Ladybugs. I was having problems with them last year and looked up ways to get rid of them. Ladybugs were one of the solutions.
@hashxc: If you have spider mites you will know it by the fine spider webs all over your plants. You can also look under the leaves and see the nasty little things. Aphids don't have the telltale sign that can be seen from a distance like spider mite webs. You will have to get up close and take a look. You will see colonies of nasty little bugs which are usually green but can be black, brown, or pinkish red.

Heres a link with great Ladybug information: http://www.gardeninsects.com/ladybugs.asp

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I always thought ladybugs were the cute bug of the gardening world, but honestly, I never knew all the benefits that they have for plant life! You learn something new every day, I guess! I wish there was a way to encourage them to be around more! I feel like it's been years since I've seen any!
 
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LOL too funny :ROFLMAO: I look at these pictures and wonder what these ladybugs are thinking. It's eating one bug while eyeballing a whole row of them lined up in front of it. It's like a Las Vegas buffet for these ladybugs!
 
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I thought those lady beetles were quite a nuisance, being every where. Good to know that is not the case. How can you tell if your plants are being effected by aphids or spider mites?
Aphids are easy to see. Spider mites look like very very tiny spiders almost impossible to see. Then when they mature they spin webs all over your plant
 
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These little "ladies" have something to say about that :D

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Nom nom nom. :D
When I lived in Colorado, aphids were an issue and a local nursery sold bags of 1000 ladybugs (I wonder who counted them and put them in the mesh bag LOL). I had aphids, and every spring bought a few bags of ladybugs and they really did do the job. Plus I liked being able to set them all free to stretch their little wings.
 

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How to would you introduce ladybugs to your indoor plants to help control the bugs on your plants. I would not want them flying around the house.
 
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I only ended up with 8 ladybugs on my plants. I didn't order them, I just picked them up from outside if I saw one. You can order them in bunches of 500 to 1000. I certainly wouldn't release that many indoors! The ones I had stayed on my plants for about a month then disappeared. I don't know if they got out of the house or found a nice place to hibernate. They are perfectly harmless (unless you are on their menu) so I am not too concerned about it. I noticed they stayed on the plants that I mist...they like moisture.
 
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