"My ladybirds arrived this week and have already consumed vast quantities of aphids so I'm delighted." Susanna by email

"I have ordered online from you three times now, having read about you in The Times. On each occasion, my order has been delivered in the shortest possible time. Moreover, your products have worked! I'm now starting to sow seeds again, knowing that you'll provide me with ways to protect my young plants. If your products are that good with all-conquering slugs, I'm happy to trust that they'll work with other pests and diseases, and will be ordering regularly throughout the gardening year. Thank you. I will certainly be back."

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Control aphids outdoors by releasing Ladybirds and or Lacewing Larvae - BOTH of these beneficial insects love to eat aphids, but they can be scarce. Help nature by introducing extra ladybirds (available as adults and larvae) and / or lacewing larvae into your garden. Ladybirds and Lacewings are available between April and August. Available NOW! 

  • For light infestations on a spread of garden plants simply place adult ladybirds around the garden to search out the pests.
  • For moderate infestations concentrated on a few plants use ladybird / lacewing larvae placed directly onto the infected plants.
  • For a bit of both use the ladybird family or a gardeners friends pack and save money!
  • For aphid infestation in trees and hedges use ladybird larve and our quick release cotton bags.

Ladybird Breeding Kit

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Ladybird Breeding Kit - This kit contains everything you need to breed your own ladybirds (Adalia Bipunctata), which can then be released into your garden. Ladybirds are one of the best known beneficial insects and are a welcome sight in the garden helping to control a range of pests including aphids, so why not have a go and breed your own. Ideal for children, schools or a unique gift. The Ladybird Larvae and Food are available between Feb and September i.e. NOW. These kits are designed to be re-useable, so when you are ready to have another go, just order a Ladybird Kit Refill.

N.B. Ladybird Kit Refills are available NOW or to order for a specific date i.e. school holidays / term time select an alternative start date on the order confirmation page.

Ladybird Breeding Kit - Study all the stages of ladybird development - see the larvae feed, then pupate and the ladybirds develop before releasing them into your garden to tackle your pest problems. The kit is easy and fun for green gardeners of all ages. The Ladybird Breeding Kit comes complete with clear plastic breeding chamber (12cm in diameter), an educational poster, instruction guide and EITHER 25 x Ladybird Larvae and food OR a VOUCHER for the 1st lot of ladybird larvae and food, which can be redeemed between March and September (so it is ideal as a gift).

 

How does it work? When you are ready to begin, redeem the VOUCHER and within 7-10 days you will receive 25 ladybird larvae, food & instructions. Transfer the larvae to the breeding chamber and add the food. It takes 3-4 weeks to raise adult ladybirds from larvae. The larvae will feed, grow and shed their skins 3 times before pupating. After a further 6 to 8 days, the adults emerge. At first the adults are yellow, but within a few hours their rear wings harden and turn red. The adult ladybirds can be studied for a few days before releasing them into your garden to tackle your insect pests.

 

N.B. The ladybird kit is designed to be re-useable. You can re-order ladybird larvae anytime between Feb and September and reuse the kit.

Ladybirds for controlling aphids

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Adult Ladybirds and Ladybird Larvae - Ladybirds are the best known beneficial insect and a welcome sight in the garden, where they happily munch away on greenfly and other tasty pests. By releasing ladybirds (available as adults or larvae) in your garden you can boost their numbers, which will lead to a permanent decrease in the number of pests in your garden - each ladybird will eat about 5000 aphids and will soon produce ladybird larvae which in turn also eat aphids. Ladybirds are available between April and AugustAvailable NOW!

 

N.B. Demand for Ladybirds is always high, so please allow up to 7 days for delivery.

 
Adult Ladybirds - We supply native British Adalia bipunctata ladybirds in tubes / tubs /packs of ready for release in your garden. Green Gardener only supplies native British Adalia bipunctata ladybirds - we do NOT supply Harlequin ladybirds. The ladybirds are sent by 1st class post with food included. Ladybirds are natural predators of aphids (greenfly and blackfly) as well as being a gardener's / youngster's favourite.  By releasing ladybirds, you can permanently increase the number of these beneficial insects in your garden and decrease the number of pests. They should be released directly onto aphid infected plants or dotted around the garden either early in the morning or late evening. Available NOW! 

 

25 Adult Ladybirds - Buy a pack of 25 x Adult Ladybirds for £15.75 

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"I have been adding ladybirds to my garden for over 4 years now year after year & I am overjoyed to see that over 200 ladybirds from previous years are around (thanks to your ladybird hotels!!!) and that most of them are busy mating. In fact they are everywhere in the garden. I have one particular rose that was literally ‘dripping’ in aphids that is now perfectly clean. I am saying that because I am trying to convince friends to get into ladybirds and to give up pesticides. Ladybirds are a million times more effective than pesticides. With pesticides aphids disappear for 2-3 weeks and then they are back again. With ladybirds once they are gone they never re-emerge till next spring! The garden was ‘green and white’ in aphids and there is now hardly any to be seen. I have one more order for ladybirds with you – I am looking forward to receiving it." Best, Marina

 

"Hi, just like to thank you for my ladybirds and larvae this summer. I have enjoyed watching " my ladybirds" all summer and finding  4 large larvae on Monday this week was a lovely surprise. Thanks again" Kathryn Wood

"I bought a pack of ladybirds in May for my plum tree. Last year with a spray I got three kilos of plums - this year I've had to maypole it to stop the branches breaking. Fantastic. I'm buried in plums!" Regards, Chris Kennedy 

"Wow. I set free the ladybirds near two plants weighed down with aphids - one dill, one a sad lupin. Less than a week later I can't find any aphids! Both plants look great and I'm hoping the ladybirds are still chomping away elsewhere in the garden. Thank you." Jane Garner by email

 

"Your ladybirds were beautiful and certainly did the job on my roses & broom. They laid eggs so we had a new batch too" Mrs G. of Worcs.

"Dear Jon, Thanks for my ladybirds - they're beautiful, and are right now feasting on all my aphids!" Susan McKenna-Dempsey.

"The ladybirds just arrived and have been successfully transferred to my beleaguered chili plants, and I am now witnessing aphid carnage! I almost feel guilty, but the poor chili was becoming very shriveled and sorry for itself, and I could never bring myself to use pesticides. So thank you very much for the prompt dispatch and delivery. Hopefully I won't need your services again, but I will definitely recommend you to friends and will return next time I have a pest problem." Best regards, Suzie 

 

Ladybird Larvae - The larvae look nothing like their parents, but the have the same appetite for soft -bodied garden pests such as aphids (greenfly and blackfly). Each ladybird larvae will eat a large number of pests before pupating and emerging as a ladybird. As they are supplied as larvae, they are ideal for releasing directly onto plants heavily infected with aphids - as they they are unable to fly and will stay where you put them. Supplied in trays of approximately 50, they are sent by 1st class post ready for release directly into your garden. Available NOW! 

 

50 Ladybird Larvae A pack of 50 x Ladybird Larve for £12.50

Ladybird Family - A pack of 50 x Ladybird Larvae AND 25 x Adult Ladybirds for £26.00 saving £2.00

   

"Thank you for your great service. The lady bugs arrived safe and sound today and I was very pleased to see them working away. They have nearly cleaned up all my greenflies in just one evening. If aphids decide to attach again I know who to call!" All the best, Will

 

"Just wanted to say how pleased I am to have discovered your company. I was a bit skeptical about whether ladybird larvae would be effective in clearing a huge aphid problem on my rose bushes, but they've worked surprisingly well. Your customer service is also brilliant and the products I've ordered have arrived quickly. I will definitely recommend you to my freinds!" Sarah (SE1 London) by email

 

"My ladybird larvae I ordered from you a couple of weeks ago have made an amazing difference to my roses!  Thank you." Laura Gude by email

 

"I ordered some adult and larvae Ladybirds a little while ago. I just wanted to say what fun they have been. The larvae have been happily munching greenfly and yesterday just when I thought they were ready to pupate I realised one of the adults must have laid some eggs cause I now have another generation of tiny larvae ready to take over. I feel so pleased to be helping swell the population and will certainly buy some more." Thank you Rosemary Tyler

 

 

 

 

"Dear Jon and all at Green Gardener, I've just watched the video of ladybird release....marvellous. I've bought ladybirds for a few years now and also this year,larvae - what a fab job they do. I've seen many in my garden and noticed some even over in our veggie patch. I also have a 'house' for them. I have a lot of roses and I think the ladybrids have an 'aphid fest' in our garden as any infestation disappears very quickly. Thank you so much,the website and service you offer is fantastic. I'm also watching 'Painted Lady' caterpillars become crysallids at present - destined for the 'farm' and then release in to our buddlea bushes!" Thanks again, Regards Anne Tom

 

 

SB Invigorator - Use a combination of SB Invigorator spray and Ladybirds to control large numbers of aphids. Aphids are fast breeders (a female can produce 6-8 live young daily), so huge numbers can quickly appear and the best way to control large numbers of aphids is to spray 1st with SB Invigorator natural spray to reduce aphid numbers and then release Ladybirds to clear the rest and keep aphids at bay. SB Invigorator is an effective, chemical-free spray, which can be used to control aphids (as well as other soft-bodied pests such as mealy bug and scale) and because it is chemical-free, ladybirds can be released as soon as the spray has dried.

  

SB Invigorator - Controls aphids and used regularly will reduce fungal diseases such as mildew PLUS it contains a foliar feed to help plants recover from pest attack. SB Invigorator is not only highly effective, but it is also biodegradable and non -toxic ,which means it can be used in the garden, conservatory or in the greenhouse and on edible plants too - pick and eat straightway. It is suitable for use throughout the year. SB Invigorator is brilliant at clearing heavy infestations BEFORE introducing Ladybirds. SB Invigorator is available as a 500ml ready to use spray or as a 250ml concentrate (makes 25 litres of spray).

 

"The plant invigorator spray is working beautifully on the aphids in the back garden and it is a pleasure to be able to spray something effective ,but based only on plant oils." Jacob by email.

Ladybird Larvae in Bags for aphids in trees

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Ladybird Larvae in Bags for controlling aphids in conifers, trees and hedges - Conifers often develop unsightly brown patches and the R.H.S. confirms that Cypress Aphid (a type of Greenfly) is the cause in over half the cases. Aphids (Greenfly and blackfly) attacking trees is another BIG problem - the first visible symptom of attack is large amounts of sticky honeydew (produced by the aphids as they suck sap from the tree), which drips down on to lower branches, your car, your garden furniture or your patio! Spraying chemicals into large plants and trees is just not practical and harms beneficial insects such as ladybirds, so release Ladybird Larvae instead. Ladybird Larvae in Bags are available between April and August. Available NOW.

N.B. Demand for Ladybirds is always high, so please allow up to 7 days for delivery.

Ladybird Larvae in Bags for controlling aphids in conifers, trees and hedges - Ladybird larvae are predators of aphids, able to eat over 100 aphids a dayeach, so by introducing ladybird larvae into the tree in May / June, the aphids can be controlled naturally BEFORE they become a problem. Being mobile, the larvae will quickly spread out into the canopy to search out and devour aphids - they arrive very hungry and will quickly hunt out aphids wherever they are hiding. Introducing the larvae is easy with our quick release system of 100 larvae with a cotton release bag.

 

    

 

Easy to use - Place the larvae in the bag, hang it up and the larvae will crawl out to search for greenfly.

 

How many do I need? This depends on the truck diameter :-

  1. Less than 20cm, use 100 larvae and 1 release bag.
  2. Between 20cm and 50cm, use 200 larvae split between 2 release bags.
  3. Over 50cm, use 500 larvae split between 3 release bags.
  4. For hedges introduce 10 larvae per m run of hedge and use 1 bag per 100 larvae.

 

Apply Barrier Glue / Glue Bands to stop ants from protecting the aphids - Ants will "milk" the aphids for the honeydew they produce and you will often find a trail of ants running up and down the tree trunk. Ants will protect the aphids from the lacewing larvae, so stop the ants by applying barrier glue or glue bands around the tree trunk and this will help the lacewing larvae to control the aphids.

 

Barrier Glue - Use it to form a non- drying , non -toxic barrier the ants cannot cross and they should be re-applied as necessary. Supplied as a Twin Pack with handy dispensers.

 

Glue Bands - Most insects will not try to cross this glue band and those that do will be caught. Supplied in a 3.5m roll with string, simply cut off the required length, place the band around the trunk, below the lowest branch. Protects apples and other fruit trees against winter moth and protects plants from ants, vine weevil and earwigs.

Lacewing larvae for controlling aphids

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Lacewing larvae - These natural predators of aphids and other soft bodied pests are able to eat over 300 pests each, so use them to clear heavy infestations in the garden i.e. aphids on rose bushes, trees and shrubs or to clear heavy infesations of pests in greenhouses and concervatories i.e. aphids, whitefly and mealybug. Lacewing larvae occur naturally in the garden, but often aphids numbers explode (especially in warm weather), so stop aphid numbers getting out of control by releasing lacewing larvae. In fact they will eat any pest in sight including mealy bug, scale and red spider mite etc, so they are a valuable addition to any garden. Lacewing Larvae are available between May and August. Available NOW.

N.B. Demand for Lacewing Larvae is always high, so please allow up to 7 days for delivery

Lacewing larvae - By releasing extra lacewing larvae, aphids can be controlled WITHOUT using chemicals. Lacewings are attractive flying insects with translucent pale green wings. We send you larvae in a cardboard wafer (pictured right) - simply peel back the covering and sprinkle the larvae over the affected plants. The wafer can also be cut up and placed up trees. They soon settle down to feed on aphids and other soft bodied insects such as whitefly and thrip. They will then develop into adult lacewings, which will produce the next generation of larvae to feed on more aphids. Lacewing larvae are safe for children, pets and wildlife and are easy to apply.

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Using Lacewing Larvae to control Woolly aphids - Woolly aphids flourish between spring & autumn, infesting the trunk and branches of trees, resulting in them being covered with a fluffy white waxy "wool". Woolly aphids over-winter in cracks in the bark and then as temperatures rise in the spring they become active and start feeding. Woolly Aphids feed by sucking sap from beneath the bark and at the same time they start to secrete their characteristic white, woolly coating. Infestations peak in the summer, when the aphids spread onto the younger shoots and winged forms develop to fly off to spread the infestation around the garden. As woolly aphids feed, lumpy growths in the bark develop and then during the winter these swellings can split due to freezing temperatures which allows fungal diseases such as apple canker to develop. To control woolly aphids, use a combination of SB Invigorator natural spray and Lacewing Larvae - Spray 1st with Sb Invigorator natural spray at least TWICE to kill as many aphids as possible (CLICK HERE to find out more about SB Invigorator). It’s a good idea to brush affected areas with a stiff brush as well if you can reach. You should then release the Lacewing Larvae 7 days later into the tree to give on-going control. N.B. If you are ordering online, make sure you select a delivery date for the following week for the lacewing larvae or email order@greengardener.co.uk or ring us on 01493 750061 to double check delivery details.

 

"I had a lot of woolly aphid on my apple trees & I have tried lots of sprays over a couple of years that didn’t work. I tried lacewing larvae and never saw a lacewing, but the woolly aphid vanished, so they must work." Mike Brotch by email.

 

Using Lacewing larvae to control LARGE numbers of pests UNDERGLASS - Pest numbers can quickly escalate, so if you have suddenly discovered LARGE numbers of aphids, whitefly or mealy-bugs in a greenhouse / conservatory use lacewing larvae to clear them. The Lacewing Larvae are supplied in either a cardboard wafer, tube or tub, which is then simply sprinkled over the affected plants. They soon settle down to feed on pests. They will then develop into adult lacewings, which will produce the next generation of larvae to feed on more aphids. Lacewing larvae are safe for children, pets and wildlife and are easy to apply. N.B. If you have recently used a chemical spray i.e. within the last 2-3 weeks, please contact us (jon@greengardener.co.uk) to check how soon Lacewing Larvae can be introduced? Once the infestation is under control, the relevant natural predator can be introduced to give on-going control i.e. introduce Encarsia for on-going Whitefly control or Aphidius for on-going aphid control.

 

"Every morning another bank of greenfly have disappeared - the rest don't move, they just wait there guzzling and oblivious. I will now have dahlia flowers rather than mutant flowers. The greenfly are incredibly dumb, though, they've invaded the lacewing cardboard that I've tied on nearby... Thanks for the entertainment and the gratification of seeing my greenfly problem being turned into lunch." Regards, Matrika

 

"The rosebuds were horrendous- they were covered in aphids and also lupin stems. Lacewings completely cleared them and I haven't seen any aphids since." S.J. from London SW16

  

Lacewing Chamber - Lacewing larvae eat greenfly and blackfly plus other insect pests. They occur naturally in your garden and unusually they overwinter as adults, but 90% of lacewings do not survive the winter because of a shortage of suitable shelter. By placing a Lacewing Chamber in your garden, many more of these beneficial insects will survive the winter to control pests in the spring. Position Lacewing Chambers in late summer.

 

Lacewing Chamber - Place a lacewing chamber  in your garden during the late summer (Sept). The wooden chamber comes ready to use and consists of a sturdy wooden box which will last for years and a straw insert. The straw is treated with a strong pheromone attractant to entice the lacewings into their new home for the winter.

Lacewing Chamber Refill - Replace the straw insert each year (Sept) to keep attracting lacewings.

 

"I bought lacewing larvae for a couple of years now and they’ve had a great affect on the aphids, so last autumn we put up a lacewing chamber too. Now I must admit that I was a little sceptical that it would actually work, but left it out and then stored it away for the winter. I put it out at the end of April (I only remembered when loads of aphids appeared on my roses) and I was pleasantly surprised to see little lacewing larvae just a couple of days later. Suffice to say the roses are now aphid free and the apple tree has stayed aphid free too. Many thanks for bringing to my attention a great natural product that really works." Regards Duncan

 

"It makes sense to offer these welcome garden visitors winter lodgings." Adam Pasco, Weekend Telegraph.

  

"The lacewing larvae were already running about and really pounced on the greenfly when I introduced them in the garden!" Best wishes Penny  

 

"Thank you so much for the ladybirds, they are doing really well & seem to be quite happy in my garden, as they havent left yet! The lace wings arrived & are also doing well. Thank you for your quick & efficient service, I will be coming back soon for a ladybird house & butterfly house & also a butterfly kit for my nieces. Once again thanks a lot." yours sincerely Tina Wood

  

"Thanks again - the lacewings and ladybirds have had a great impact in getting rid of the greenfly from my plants and plum tree! Gary by email