I noticed that my poor peach trees had become infested with aphids Their leaves were all curled and turning yellow. I raced to my favorite garden center, Bookcliff Gardens, for some advice on what kind of spray to get, or if there was some other alternative to save my peach trees from being devoured before my eyes.
The nice lady behind the counter asked me if I had ever tried ladybugs. She pointed me in the direction of the refrigerator where they are housed. I literally giggled like a little kid when I saw these! There are about 1500 ladybugs in this bag and they are asleep until they warm up a bit, then boy do they start moving around! CUTE!!
The nice lady also mentioned that since the trees are so full of aphids that the ladybugs will ay their eggs there because that means their larvae will have plenty of food. So if you see little black and red caterpillar/bug/scary looking things on your trees or garden plants, don’t kill them! Ladybug larvae are voracious predators and will eat hundreds of aphids a DAY!
I also purchased two praying mantis egg cases. They are also kept in the frig since heat is what prompts it to hatch, spilling forth hundreds of praying mantis babies! EEEEKK! So be sure to hang them on your trees as soon as you get them home. If they hatch in the house you’re going to have a hell of a time getting them out
Did you know praying mantis juveniles will eat each other if they have no where to fly off to? So if you decide to try to hatch them in a jar, let them go as soon as they begin to hatch!!!
Now, you can’t possibly keep each and every insect you buy in YOUR garden/yard/trees. However, if you have a real pest problem and there’s an ample supply of food, they will find it and consume it! And if they lay their eggs in your yard, you WILL have a steady supply of these helpful predators in your yard to help keep down pests, all without having to use harmful sprays or chemicals!