- Environmentally friendly pest control
- Simple to apply
- Ideal for greenhouses and polytunnels
Ever-popular ladybirds (Adalia bipunctata) are most definitely a gardener's best friend - fantastic predators of aphids and other plant pests.
Both adults and larvae feed on numerous species of aphids as a preference, but they'll also eat spider mites and thrips to make a real dent in overall pest numbers.
During the winter months ladybirds hibernate in window frames, walls, log piles or trees and emerge to mate in the spring. Females lay between 20-50 eggs per day, which will develop into larvae (which also feed on the same plant pests) and eventually hungry adults.
While adult ladybirds can be released onto infested plants outdoors, they are much more effective in confined spaces such as greenhouses, conservatories and polytunnels, where they can’t fly off and work on your neighbour’s plants instead!
Ladybird larvae make a more reliable option for outdoor pest control as they will stay where you apply them (see link below).
For best results, release ladybirds in temperatures above 15 degrees and only when pests are present. Scatter over infested areas in the morning or evening and leave the pack open on the plant to allow any stragglers to make their way out naturally.
Please note: these products need to be used within 48 hours and items are non-refundable due to their live perishable nature.