We just got a few different types of beneficial bugs in the store. The first one is lady bugs!
Typically, Ladybugs (Hippodamia convergens) eat over 5,000 Aphids and other soft-bodied pests during their one-year lifetime. Ladybugs are one of the few beneficial insects that can be stored, dormant, in the refrigerator for up to a few weeks, depending on the time of year, as long as they don’t freeze or dry out. This allows you to use a few at a time, as needed.
The Pest: Aphids
First Sign: Wilted-looking plants that aren’t thriving. Looking closer, dense colonies of tiny (1/32″ – 1/8″) soft bodied, pear-shaped insects are seen, especially on tender growing tips and undersides. Young Aphids look like miniature adults. And the whole family will be found feeding together.
Species Identification: Aphids come in almost every color. They can be green, yellow, pink, brown, black or any shade in between. To be certain of an Aphid diagnosis, use a magnifier to find the pair of tiny “dual exhaust pipes” on their posteriors. These are properly termed “cornicles” and Aphids are the only insects that have them.
Special Species Notes: Aphids feed by sucking plant juices, which is damaging enough, but the most serious damage comes from the plant diseases they carry. They also produce honeydew. This can grow an unsightly, and potentially fatal, sooty black mold, which hoses off, or washes off with soapy water. Aphids multiply so rapidly because they’re born pregnant. In fact, there are tiny secondary embryos inside the first embryos!
Add to this the fact that Aphids reach adulthood in one week and you can see why they can wreak such rapid devastation. Finally, there are so many Aphid species that just about every plant has at least one species that likes it.
Hired Bugs are totally safe. Effective. And natural.
Hired Bugs are not only totally safe for you and your plants, they’re also safe for the environment. And they’re effective on a wide variety of crops in greenhouses, indoors under lights, as well as in home gardens and in outdoor commercial field applications.
Hired Bugs never become pests themselves.
The Hired Bugs we sell only eat other pests. They do not harm plants, people, or pets in any way. When pest populations are eliminated, your Hired Bugs will either die off or move on to find more pests to eat somewhere else.
Nothing could be easier to use than Hired Bugs!
They’re easier to apply and need far less re-application than sprays or dusts. And you simply can’t overdose your plants! You’ll soon be delighted with the results and you’ll see for yourself: Nature’s Control is real control!
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