ladybugs The most natural way to keep your garden free of pests is to encourage the balance between good and bad insects. Lady beetles (because they are beetles, not true bugs) may look sweet and innocent, but they're known as fierce predators. They will eat hundreds of aphids, mites and other small insects. Look for the larval stage: it resembles an alligator with three prominent sets of legs. If you have an aphid infestation, release live lady beetles to take care of business. We almost always have lady beetles in stock, but we suggest calling to check availability before you come to the store.
  • Water your garden lightly in the evening, then release the lady beetles. They will be thirsty and need a drink, and they won't fly away at night.
  • Release them on and near plants with aphid infestations. If there is enough for them to eat, they will stick around and lay eggs.
  • Don't use any chemicals and use organic pest control sprays responsibly. Keep it organic and safe for lady beetles and other beneficial insects.