Releasing ladybugs in your garden

When we started my garden at my our current house my daughters and I noticed we didn’t have any ladybugs roaming around the leaves. Now I would like to think that aphids and mites feared me so much to dare to step foot in my garden, but the reality is I live in a newer neighborhood with vegetation in its early stages and with the lush forest around me it is hard to compete.

If the ladybugs will not come to your garden your only choice is bring them there yourself. I did this by purchasing some ladybugs at our local home and garden store which ours starts carrying them a little after the local last frost date. Unfortunately, I took my daughters with me when I bought a bag of 1000 lady bugs for $5.00 so no every time we go to Home Depot they need to check to see if the ladybugs are there today, guess this will be a yearly tradition. If you can’t find them locally you can always purchase live ladybugs online.

Why would I want these bugs in my garden? Well other my girls get a lot of joy searching in our garden for them they are also an awesome beneficial insect which each one can eat up to 5000 aphids/mites in their lifetime. When you decide to release them be sure to follow the directions on the package and do so at night so they don’t all fly off to the neighbor’s yard. If you have kids you might want release a 100 or so during the daytime so you can make sure you get some cute pictures like the one below.

Shortly after posting this I was taking some pictures of some of my mystery bulbs coming up and noticed the lady bug below, guess my garden can actually attract a few of them on its own.

4 Responses to “Releasing ladybugs in your garden”

  1. Dee/reddirtramblings Says:

    We love our ladybugs. My only thing to add would be to spray the area where you’re going to release them with sugar water and to release them in the evening. That way, they find immediate food and then stick around to eat the aphids. I did this, and it really worked.~~Dee

  2. The Cheap Vegetable Gardener Says:

    Thanks for the tip, will definately try that this spring

  3. Amy Says:

    Would you believe my children found a ladybug in our house…in December? It was very exciting, and very strange! We gently placed it in some houseplants and haven’t seen it since.

  4. Ladybugs in the garden Says:

    […] annual garden ladybug release. I did a bit of research and followed some advice of commenters on my previous post by spraying the garden with sugar water to give them a little extra reason to stick around after […]

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