Use ladybugs to control aphids, spider mites, thrips, mealy bugs, scales, white fly eggs, and soft bodied insects in your yard, garden or greenhouse.
Ladybugs eat dozens of pests per day as an adult. The adults will lay eggs throughout the gardening season. Hippodamia convergens ladybugs are native to all of North America. Keep an eye out for the larval form of the Hippodamia convergens ladybug, pictured to the right. The adult ladybugs and their larvae will attack the eggs of larger pest insects as well.
If possible, refrigerate for at least one hour before releasing. Spray water on effected plants so the ladybugs can drink once released. It is best to release the ladybugs during the cool of the evening. Ladybugs (Hippodamia convergens) eat many times their weight in soft-bodied plant pests. The ladybugs will lay their eggs on the underside of plants, the larvae resemble ‘little alligators’. The eggs will hatch within three weeks for the ‘next generation’ of natural pest control. Watch for the larvae and pupa to transform into an adult after another week. Ladybugs may be stored completely dormant for up to one month at 34 º- 40º and need no food or water during that time.