Ladybugs (for OUTDOOR release)
This variant is currently sold out
Please note: we are not able to ship ladybugs.
There is a general delay/shortage on ladybugs for outdoor release for the 2017 season. As a result, we are not taking any more orders for the time being. Customers who pre-ordered will get their ladybugs, starting with the first orders placed. Our supplier has indicated all pre-ordered ladybugs will be delivered by the end of June, with the first round ready for pick-up June 17th. We will call all pre-order customers as soon as their ladybugs are in.
Due to the supply constraint, we will not have any ladybugs available for general sale until July.
Ladybugs are excellent general predators, and the larvae are particularly voracious aphid-eaters! Outdoors ladybugs can be released anytime after mid to late June. They prefer to be released in the evening, closer to dusk. Always water your release area ahead of time, as ladybug's first priority is to drink a little water before eating.
Ladybugs are biologically driven to sniff out aphids, and this is the pest that really gets them excited. In fact, the scent of aphids helps get the ladybugs in the mood for reproducing, which is what you want them to do in your garden. It is ideal to release ladybugs near known aphid populations. However, they are general predators and will seek out and eat a wide variety of soft bodied insects.
In the event that there are not many aphids or other bugs to eat, ladybugs love the nectar from many flowers including thyme, lavender, salvias, snapdragons, alyssum, heliotrope and other nectar rich varieties. Plant ladybug friendly flowers and herbs in abundance, to encourage a natural and sustained population of ladybugs in your yard.
1,000 ladybugs covers 550 square feet of garden
4,500 ladybugs covers 3000 square feet of garden (perfect for a neighbourhood ladybugs release party!)
Unreleased ladybugs can be stored for 4 - 6 weeks at 4˚C (in the fridge).
The ladybugs offered through Sage Garden are native species that will not have negative impact on existing ladybug populations.