• Need a gift for the green gardener in your life? Instead of socks, why not surprise them with a Giftbox? CLICK HERE
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  • Solitary Bee Houses as featured on Gardeners World are the easy way to attract Solitary BeesCLICK HERE
  • Use Sb Invigorator NATURAL Spray to control pests in unheated greenhouses / conservatories during the winter CLICK HERE
  • For the greenhouse - Use Garlic Candles and Citrox Natural Disinfectant to clear your greenhouse of pests - CLICK HERE
  • Plastic-free seed sowing - Replace plastic pots with Coir Pellets, Coir Pots or soil blocks made with our Soil Block Maker CLICK HERE
   

Help and advice

Ladybirds

  • Customer Question - Lacewing Larvae and Provado Insecticide

    Q. "2 days ago I sprayed my apple tree with Provado fruit & veg. bug killer. How soon can I order and use lacewing larvae on the tree?" Wendy Mitchell A. Thanks for the message and I have checked on the website and although it is an insecticide, it breaks...
  • Customer Question - British Ladybirds?

    Q. "Hi there, Are the ladybirds British ladybirds?" Alison Gomez-Russell. A. Thanks for the message and yes we only supply native Adalia Bipunctata 2 Spot Ladybirds which are native to the UK. CLICK HERE to find out more about our BRITISH Ladybirds
  • Harlequin Ladybirds

    One of the things I get the most questions about at this time of year is Harlequin Ladybirds, so I thought I would answer some of these questions as a BLOG about how to identify them, why they are a problem, what to do with them if you find them...
  • Customer Question - Are VW Traps safe for ladybirds etc?

    Q. "The word traps worries me. Does this mean that ladybirds, bees etc could also get caught in these? I have a lot of ladybirds in my garden and would not like to kill any of them." P J Loyd A. Thanks for the message and it is called a...
  • Customer Question - Honeysuckle attack!

    Q. "Honeysuckle attack! This happened last year, and this year I thought my honeysuckle was looking healthy until I noticed the leaves curling and the young flower buds are covered in what I presume are aphids. There are so many that I haven’t tried picking them off by hand and...
  • Customer Question - Ladybird care query?

    Q. "Hello, I am expecting a delivery of a ladybird barn and some adult ladybirds. The barn will be place next to a rose which experiences aphid infestation. How often should I feed the ladybirds with the food you provide/sell?  Is there provision in the barn to apply the food...
  • Customer Question - Dealing with Aphids and Whitefly?

    Q. "What’s the best way of getting rid of a variety of pests in the conservatory? The green and whitefly are going mad, though have tried to keep on top of them with SB invigorator. I have some large citrus plants so it’s difficult to cover top and bottom of...
  • Customer Question - Sheltered enough for ladybirds?

    Q. "Hi there, sorry if this question is a little stupid. Just wanted to check before ordering the ladybird larvae. My garden already has aphids all over one of my hellebores. If I already have aphids, would my garden be considered as sheltered enough for the ladybird larvae. I would...
  • Customer Question - When will Ladybird Larvae be available

    Q. I have always had trouble with aphids and normally buy your ladybird larvae to keep them under control. This year with the warm February there are already loads but presumably it’s too early for the ladybirds. When will rather larvae be ready this year? Is there something else I...
  • Customer Question - Ladybirds and Aphids on a balcony

    Q. "I've recently discovered the joy of gardening on my south facing balcony. Everything is in pots containers and I've been having a lot of success but I've now got an aphid infestation on my rose and nearby pots. I've been using a mix of washing up liquid and water...

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