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Ladybug Release Guidelines

  • When Ladybugs arrive put the sack in a cool place (refrigerator) until late evening or early morning.
  • Do not release the Ladybugs during the heat of the day or while the sun is shining.
  • Ladybugs should be released when the plants have become partially enfoliated, which will provide coverage, and some pest insects are present, which will provide food.
  • In order to achieve biological control of insects try to maintain a balance of a few pests for food and enough Ladybugs to keep them in check, being careful not to release to many Ladybugs at one time.
  • Sprinkle or irrigate the area before releasing the Ladybugs so they will have a drink of water after their journey. The can also be watered by sprinkling the sack with water. Do not put wet bags in the refrigerator.
  • Ladybugs should be released a few at a time twice a week during the season when leaves are young, tender and attractive to pest insects.
  • Apply one (1) tablespoon on each shrub and a handful on each tree to keep them free from pest damage.
  • For heavy infestation, release all the Ladybugs in the bag at one time.

Storage:
After application retie the bag and place in refrigerator until all Ladybugs are used. Ladybugs may be stored in your refrigerator for up to two weeks. Do not freeze.

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