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Natural Way to get rid of PESTS in Your Garden!

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! 😀

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4 Comments on “Natural Way to get rid of PESTS in Your Garden!”

  1. hmcmullin April 25, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    I love ladybugs and and am endlessly fascinated by praying mantis. We have a variety here in Idaho called “walking sticks” – very hard to see since they look like a dead branch until they move. My husband decided to bring one in the house one day and discovered they can deliver a wicked bite.

    • shayfabbro April 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

      Eeeeekkkk! Good to know! Thanks for the warning. *note to self* Don’t go playing with the walking stick bugs 😀

  2. Barbara Forte Abate April 25, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    I can’t even begin to tell you how THRILLED by this bit of news, Shay! Every single spring our newly awakened grape vines are viciously attacked by aphids, and once they’ve left their mark of ugliness on leaves, it’s there to look at for the rest of the summer 😦

    Chemicals work of course, but that’s not my idea of a desirable solution. But LADYBUGS & PRAYING MANTIS, yes, yes! And thanks for posting the photo of the bug in strange armor. I hate to admit I oftentimes judge unknown bugs by appearance, and I can’t say I would’ve figured that one as a “Good guy.”

    • shayfabbro April 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

      One of the benefits of being a biologist! 😀

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