By Cheyenne Wiscovitch, Jun 2 2015 01:10AM
Ladybugs are the most widely used insects for natural pest control in commercial and residential applications. Ladybugs love to eat many different types on insects that can harm your garden. You can usually purchase them at Home Depot, Lowes, or online. They typically come in bags of about 1,000. It is key to release the lady bugs at night time in a wet garden that is infected with aphids. Lady bugs won’t fly in the dark so releasing them during the night will ensure that they will stay to eat the aphids. Ladybugs are also dehydrated when you first get them, so the wet garden is also important for their survival. If you don’t want to release your ladybugs when you receive them, you can always store them in a refrigerator. However, do not let the temperature get any lower than 35 degrees, and not hotter than 45 degrees. They will appear to be dead, but they won’t be. Once they are removed from the fridge and get warmed up, they will be fine. If you are storing them, be careful not to dry them out (dehydrating them). Spray them with water every two-three weeks. Don’t put them back in the fridge until after you have noticed that they are all dry, so you don’t end up freezing them! One last thing to keep in mind is to purchase your ladybugs that are native to your area. If you don’t want to purchase them, you can try to attract them into your garden by planting Sunflowers, Marigolds, Cilantro, Dill, and Chamomile.