About Ladybugs

Ladybugs are one of the most widely used beneficial insects for controlling pests on everything people grow! Cost effective and easy to release the ladybug has a great reputation as a generalist predator. Your customers will love them!Ladybugs are general predators from the beetle family. Ladybugs feed on Aphids and a variety of slow moving insects during their adult and larval stages. Ladybugs are a must have for organic gardening / farming. The life cycle of the ladybug is between four to six weeks. In the spring, adults lay up to three hundred eggs in an aphid colony that will hatch in 2-5 days. The newly hatched larvae feed on the Aphids for up to three weeks before entering the pupae stage. In about a week the adult ladybug will emerge, however, they will not have their spots for their first 24 hrs. If you catch one with out spots, you may have found a brand new adult!
ladybugs_category2Ladybugs are usually available in the following size packages: 300, 1,500, 4,500, 9,000, 18,000, 36,000 and 72,000 count.

 

 

Release Instructions

Once you have made it home with your Ladybugs, put them in a household refrigerator but DO NOT FREEZE THEM. Ideally the live Ladybugs should be released in the evening or very early morning when it is cool or overcast so they move more slowly. Do not release during the heat of the day, as heat causes Ladybugs to become overly active and they are more likely to fly away and find shelter away from the original release site. Prior to releasing, water your plants and leaves. This will hydrate and relax your ladybugs after their journey. Ladybugs should be released a few at a time on all plants, twice a week during the season when your plants are lush and attractive to pests.

When you buy live Ladybugs from GardeningZone.com they are shipped as adults in containers, pouches, mesh bags and cloth bags. Storing the beetles can be done at a temperature of 40°F to 60°F for 1 – 3 weeks. Ladybugs can begin reproducing immediately with a good source of food and water. Several generations of Ladybugs may occur during one season.

Release Rates 

*Release rate guideline are for preventative control. Heavier infestations may require additional treatment.

 

The process of hatching from the eggs to becoming adult ladybugs will take roughly 3 – 4 weeks in
summer, and 6 weeks in spring. When released, our live adult ladybugs should mate and lay eggs within 8-10 days of being released .The eggs will hatch into larvae within 5 days. The newly hatched larvae will feed on Aphids for up to three weeks, and then they will enter the pupae stage. The adult ladybug emerges about a week later. However, they usually don’t have their black spots for their first 24 hrs. of their adult hood. So, if your catch one with out spots, you may have found a brand new adult. There may be as many as six generations of ladybugs hatching in a year. Temperature and food availability will determine the timing of each stage and reproduction. One female can lay up to 1,500 eggs over their 100 – day lifetime. 
Ladybugs are primarily used for natural aphid control but will also eat a variety of other garden pests such as scales or mites when aphids are not present. Aphids are soft bodied insects that suck the juices out of plants. If you have roses in your garden, you have seen aphids. Aphids also come in a variety of colors and not all ladybugs like all the “flavors” of aphids.
Dealer: Place the packages in the refrigerator. You may store ladyugs in the fridge for up to 30 days. If ladybugs are placed out on the counter for display, please rotate the ladybugs every so often with the ones in the fridge.

Customer: Place the packages in a cool area or in the refrigerator. If placed in the fridge the ladybugs will go dormant and will need to warm up before releasing. You may store ladybugs in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

If they are only going to be in the fridge for a day or two then watering is not necessary. However, if they are going to be stored for a longer period of time you can water the cotton ball found in the packaging. 
For best results, release ladybugs upon receiving of product, early in the morning or pre dusk when temperatures are cool and the sun is not too bright and hot. 
Lightly water the area before releasing ladybugs in order to refresh them. Ladybugs are attracted to water, meaning happy ladybugs stay and fight pests. 
Feed On: Excellent aphid predators! Ladybird beetles will also feed on Aphids, Moth eggs, Mites, Scales, Thrips, Leaf Hoppers, Mealybugs, Chinch Bugs, Asparagus Beetle larvae, Whitefly and other soft bodied insects.

Life Span: The process of hatching from the eggs to becoming adult ladybugs will take roughly 3 – 4 weeks in summer, and 6 weeks in spring. When released, our live adult ladybugs should mate and lay eggs within 8-10 days of being released .The eggs will hatch into larvae within 5 days. The newly hatched larvae will feed on Aphids for up to three weeks, and then they will enter the pupae stage. The adult ladybug emerges about a week later. However, they usually don’t have their black spots for their first 24 hrs. of their adult hood. So, if your catch one with out spots, you may have found a brand new adult. There may be as many as six generations of ladybugs hatching in a year. Temperature and food availability will determine the timing of each stage and reproduction. One female can lay up to 1,500 eggs over their 100 – day lifetime.

Environment: Outdoors, Crops, Orchards & Vineyards, Nursery, Greenhouse, Grow Room, Hydroponics, Aquaponics, Pond & Environment, Interiorscapes, Container Plants

This product works as a beneficial insect for control of the following: Alfalfa Weevil (Hypera postica Gyllenhal), Aphids (Mult), Armyworm (Pseudaletia unipuncta), Asparagus Beetles (Crioceris asparagi (common); Crioceris duodecimpunctata (spotted)), Bean Beetles – Mexican Bean Beetle (Epilachna varivestis Mulsant), Bean Thrips (Caliothrips fasciatus), Beet Armyworm (Spodoptera exigua (Hubner)), Beet Leafhopper (Circulifer tenellus), Black Scale (Saissetia oleae), Brown Almond Mite (Bryobia rubrioculus), California Laurel Aphid (Euthoracaphis umbellulariae), Caterpillar Eggs (Mult), Citrus Red Scale (aka California Red Scale) (Aonidiella aurantii), Citrus Yellow Scale (aka California Yellow Scale) (Aonidiella citrina), Coconut Mealybug (Nipaecoccus nipae), Grape Leafhopper (Erythroneura elegantula), Greenhouse whitefly (Trialeurodes vaporariorum), Leafhopper (Circulifer tenellus), Leafhopper (Empoasca sp), Mealybug (Planococcus citri), Mealybug (Pseudococcus sp), Mexican Bean Beetle (Epilachna varivestis Mulsant), Mites (Tetranychus sp), Potato Leafhopper (Empoasca fabae), Potato Leafhopper; Bean Jassid (Empoasca fabae), Scale (Mult.), Silverleaf whitefly (Bemisia sp), Spider Mite (Mult), Sweet Potato Whitefly (Bemisia tabaci), Sweetpotato Whitefly (Bemisia sp), Thrips (Franklinothrips sp), Two-Spotted Spider Mite (Tetranychus urticae)

 

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