Ladybugs as Aphid control?

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Re: Ladybugs as Aphid control?

Post  Ryan on Thu Feb 02, 2012 3:20 am

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30x huh? That sounds pretty enticing....just might have to do that. That should allow me to see the mites Very Happy

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Post  coh on Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:15 pm

Just curious...how many ladybugs did you have to buy (minimum order)?

Maybe they'll lay eggs and you'll have some ladybug larva which, as noted, are really the big eaters...

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Post  Ryan on Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:13 am

coh wrote:Just curious...how many ladybugs did you have to buy (minimum order)?

Maybe they'll lay eggs and you'll have some ladybug larva which, as noted, are really the big eaters...

Well, I bought 3,000, which I'll use over the span of several weeks. I bought them on eBay. There are smaller amounts 750-2,000 if you search for them.

I wish they'd lay eggs, but I'm not sure they're in favorable egg laying conditions....

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Post  coh on Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:41 am

3000! Yikes, that's a lot of ladybugs! Do you have a large greenhouse?

They can presumably be "stored" for a while in a refrigerator, right? I know around here, the ladybugs congregate in the fall and look for places to over-winter...cracks around doors and windows, etc. Then some of them find their way into the house on warmer days.

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Post  Ryan on Fri Feb 03, 2012 12:11 pm

coh wrote:3000! Yikes, that's a lot of ladybugs! Do you have a large greenhouse?

They can presumably be "stored" for a while in a refrigerator, right? I know around here, the ladybugs congregate in the fall and look for places to over-winter...cracks around doors and windows, etc. Then some of them find their way into the house on warmer days.

I don't have a large greenhouse, but I've got multiple aquariums full of trees Very Happy

They can be stored in the fridge for up to two months, thankfully.

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