"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

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Ladybirds are a welcome sight in the garden, where they happily munch away on greenfly & other tasty pests. By releasing ladybirds (as adults or larvae) in your garden you can boost their numbers and help nature help you control pests - each ladybird will eat about 5000 aphids. Ladybirds are available between April and August. Available NOW.

Ladybird Houses - Our range of ladybird houses are designed to simulate the natural habitat sought by ladybirds for hibernation. By positioning a house in your garden you will help more of these beneficial insects survive the winter.

Ladybird Accessories - This food, field guide and seeds will help you to look after, identify and attract these beneficial insects in your garden.

 

Ladybirds for release in the garden

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. Adult Ladybirds and Ladybird Larvae are available between April and August. Available NOW.


Adult Ladybirds - We supply native British Adalia bipunctata ladybirds in tubes / tubs / packs of 25 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 their 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.

   

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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, I have to say!!!) and that most of them are busy mating. In fact they are everywhere in the garden – and very very visible, even on my clothes when I am out gardening.
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. L
adybirds 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! Usually aphids appear in my garden about 3-5 weeks before ladybirds emerge from their ‘hotels’. This year it took ladybirds about 2 weeks and they did a smashing job – 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

 

"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 they 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 50, they are sent by 1st class post ready for release directly into your garden. Available NOW.

 

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"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

 

"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

 

"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

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Ladybird Larvae in Bags for release in trees

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. Available NOW.

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 gag 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.

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Ladybird Breeding Kit

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. Ladybird Larvae are available NOW!

N.B. Ladybird Kits come with EITHER 25 Ladybird Larvae and food OR a VOUCHER for the 1st lot of ladybird larvae and food (so it can be given as a gift).

 

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 vivarium (12cm in diameter), an educational poster, instruction guide and a EITHER 25 Ladybird Larvae and food OR a VOUCHER for the 1st lot of ladybird larvae and food (so it can be given as a gift).

How does it work? When you are ready to being, 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 March and September and reuse the kit.

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Ladybird Houses and Accessories

Ladybird Houses - Our range of ladybird houses are designed to simulate the natural habitat sought by ladybirds for hibernation helping more of these beneficial insects survive the winter. 

 

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Ladybird House - This attractive, hand-crafted, wooden habitat for ladybirds and other beneficial insects has a central chamber filled with natural material, which provides a cosy place for them to bed down. Holes are drilled in an upward angle, so the ladybirds can reach this insulated and safe inner chamber. If necessary the roof panel may be removed for inspection or cleaning. Position next to aphid infected plants, in a sheltered, warm spot away from prevailing winds in flower beds, rose or shrub borders or even in a planter on a terrace. Dimensions 30cm high x 15cm x 15cm. 

 

Ladybird Mansion - This attractive, wall mounted Ladybird Mansion is perfect for providing all year round shelter for ladybirds and other beneficial insects. It is designed to be hung on a wall, fence or post and is ideal for positioning amongst climbing plants, which suffer from aphids i.e. climbing roses and honeysuckle. Made from FSC timber, this sturdy mansion will last for years. There are TWO viewing windows, so you can easily check on your gardener's friends without disturbing them. Position at any time of year on a wall, tree or fence amongst climbing plants, which are affected by aphids.  Will provide shelter for other insects too and may also be used by solitary bees. Height 30cm  x width 13cm x depth 17cm.

 

 

"I received my ladybird house today and I am very impressed. It is so well made and attractive the best one I have seen. Thanks again for a lovely product." by email

 

We had a very cold night over the weekend and I was pleased to see my first ladybirds using the ladybird house in the garden." Terry by email. 

"After putting your ladybird house in the garden I've had loads of ladybirds and very little trouble with aphids" Mr. A from Bath

 

"Hi there, I have just bought your ladybird house and adult ladybird package. They are feasting on my aphid infestation which is great - they're almost all gone!" Maxine by email. 

Ladybird attractant and food - Mix the powder with a drop of water and use in the garden or in one of our ladybird houses. This encourages ladybirds to stay in your garden giving you free pest control. Use from early spring onwards.

 

"I ordered some ladybirds and food attractant and I am very impressed!!! The ladybirds went straight for the attractant that I put on some plants and on their house. It was really interesting to watch and I just wanted to say thank you for the speedy service and fantastic products. Thanks again." Tania D by email.

 

Ladybird Seed Mixture - This seed mixture contain seeds from a variety of flowers that have been chosen as they have been shown to attract ladybirds. The mixture includes 28 species including Borago Officinalis, Centaurea, Anthemis and Echium and others appreciated by ladybirds. This ladyird mixture will flower over a 2 year period - to keep your floral meadow flowering at its best, after the 1st years flowering, cut the flowers back to 10cm high and then remove the green waste after 10 days. The ladybird seeds arrive ready to sow in 3m2 or 7m2 boxes and can be sown anytime between March and mid August.

 

N.B. Other Wildlife Seed Mixtures available - We also have seed mixtures for attracting Bees and Butterflies. To find out more CLICK HERE

 

Ladybird Field Guide - Did you know there are 26 species of ladybirds in this country? This attractive laminated field guide has pictures and descriptions of them all to help you identify the ones in your garden.

 

Ladybird Lifecycle Models - These meticulously designed ladybird lifecycle figures are an educational accessory to go with our ladybird kit. These accurate replicas are oversized making them ideal for little hands. There are 4 stages accurately detailed - eggs, larva, pupa and adult ladybird.

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Lacewing Larvae for the garden

Available again - Lacewing larvae - These natural predators of aphids and other soft bodied pests are able to eat over 300 aphids each, so use them to clear heavy infesations of aphids in the garden i.e. on rose bushes, trees and shrubs or to clear heavy infesations of aphids in greenhouses and concervatories. 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. Available NOW.

Available again - 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 either a cardboard wafer (pictured right), tube or tub, which is then simply sprinkled over the affected plants. 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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"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. Currently Unavailable

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

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