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  • when to buy/ release beneficial insects

    Created by Georgette on


    We’ve recently moved to Boston, MA– new climate and ecological environment. So need some advice as to when to buy from you and when it would be best to release the following beneficial insects in our garden: praying mantis, lady bugs, lace wings and white fly parasites.

    It is only mid-March, there are no buds on the trees but daffodils and tulips are just peeping through the soil. Our first summer, last summer, we noticed white flies, aphids, cabbage loopers, cut worms, leaf miners (did a massive job on the beech and maple tree leaves), and mosquitos to name a few. We’ve managed out gardens in previous places via beneficial insects, over time. But we new to the NW.

    Thank you in advance for your advice.


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    Eric Vinje

    Hi Georgette!

    Check out our handy dandy shipping chart to see when our beneficial insects would ship to you!


    Your release date is gonna depend upon the pests life cycle you are trying to impact, your economic(or aesthetic) threshold level and what kind of weather you folks receive this spring. Monitor pest populations closely and release your predators when you feel you have reached a point where taking action outweighs the problem.

    We’ve got a couple pages of info on some of the pests you have been having trouble with. These pages may give some clues as to weak points in the pest life cycle as well as recommendations for projects you can accomplish now to help prevent infestations in the future. Check it out here! https://www.planetnatural.com/pest-problem-solver/garden-pests/

    Hope this helps! Best of luck!

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