We recently had a thrip and aphid infestation in one of our hydroponic grow rooms at the Atlanta Woodmont location. So what’s the greatest way to get back some order in the room? Ladybugs! These cute little beetles are completely harmless to humans and deadly to small crop pests like aphids and thrips.
Adult ladybugs can eat up to 50-60 aphids per day, with larvae ladybugs eating about half that much. After feeding for a few days, female ladybugs will lay 10-50 eggs daily depending on how bad the pest infestation is. That is a lot of hard working ladybugs!
When you receive a package or carton of ladybugs, wait until the cool of night (for outdoor gardens) or while your grow lights are off (for grow room gardens) to spread them around your garden. If you scatter them during the day or under your grow lights, the ladybugs have a tendency to become overly active and dissipate from your problem area. Also make sure that the plants have been adequately watered, as the ladybugs will need to hydrate while they feed.
Do you also have an aphid problem? We have plenty of ladybugs in stock and ready to be sent your way. Don’t have a pest problem but anticipating? Ladybugs can be refrigerated and stored up to 2 months. Either way, get your little ladies now and be ready to fight back for your plant’s health. Click here to order your 1500 ladybugs or stop by one of our retail stores today!