OUT OF STOCK (please check back early 2014) Ladybugs, or lady beetles (Hippodamia convergens) are the best known garden predators available. Unlike most beneficial insects, live ladybugs are gathered and prepared (removal of debris) for sale all over the United States. Both the adult and their dark gray and orange marked larvae feed on aphids (40-50 per day) and a wide variety of other soft-bodied pests, mites and insect eggs.
Looking for larger quantities? Please call 800-289-6656 for a quote.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Adult lady beetles are shipped in cotton bags mixed with wood shavings. One half pint (approximately 4,500) will treat 3,000 square feet (50 x 60′) of growing area. To release, simply water your garden and shake the predators out close to pest populations. DO NOT release during the sunny part of the day, but rather wait until evening. With sufficient food available, ladybugs will likely stay in the area. However, it is not uncommon for them to take flight if not enough food is present.
Note: Ants will protect honeydew producing insects like aphids and should be controlled prior to release.
Shipped Free (FedEx 2-Day)
We do everything we can to ensure safe arrival of your beneficial insects. To facilitate prompt arrival and avoid weekend holdovers during shipping, beneficial insect orders must be received by noon (MST) Wednesday to ship the following Monday or Tuesday. If multiple shipments or faster delivery is required, please call.
Orders placed during winter months will be shipped according to our 2014 Shipping Schedule, unless otherwise specified at checkout.
Please call us at (406) 582-0920 if you have questions concerning the shipping of our beneficial insects.
Planet Natural guarantees live, timely delivery of our beneficial insects. Instructions for care and release are provided with each order.
Note: Beneficial Insects are perishable. To ensure live delivery, it is important that you receive your order when it arrives. Once your order has shipped, a Fed Ex tracking number will be sent to you via email announcing when your package will be deliverd. We will NOT be responsible for “live shipments” left unattended at your doorstep. Please make contingent arrangements to have them picked up by a neighbor or delivered to a work address if you will not be home during the day.