Some facts about incorporating them into your garden:
- Don't expect them to nest in your home. If they want to fly away and leave they will but hopefully not before devouring your garden pests.
- Release them when it's cold and dark. If you release them during the day most likely they will fly away quicker. Releasing them in the dark ensure that they will stick around longer. If the time of night you release them is too hot then they may also fly away.
- Release them by the infected plant and the magic will happen.
- Be watchful because a few might get on the ground so watch your step. In my case because my garden is by the front door a few got inside and my cats were in hunting heaven.
- Once the food source is dry and gone then they will most likely leave.
- The number of lady bugs that I saw remaining in the garden the next morning was about half.
- Roughly give or take around 90% of the unwanted bugs on my plants were gone in the morning.
- The speckles of red (aka the lady bugs) in my garden was pretty to look at.
- A handful were still in my garden a day later and the unwanted bug count then was down to 98%.
I've always heard that lady bugs are helpful in the garden but it really helps to read it from someone that studied it first-hand. Thanks for sharing. I'll be sure to treat my ladybugs extra special from here on out. :)
- Phil Goold
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