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 and / 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 i.e. aphids. Each ladybird will eat about 5000 aphids and will soon produce ladybird larvae which in turn also eat aphids. Ladybirds are available between late April and August.
Ladybird Larvae in Bags for controlling aphids in conifers, trees and hedges - Aphids (Greenfly and blackfly) attacking trees is 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! 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. 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 for controlling aphids in conifers, trees and hedges - We supply native British Adalia bipunctata ladybird larvae with release bags ready for release into your trees. Green Gardener only supplies native British Adalia bipunctata ladybirds - we do NOT supply Harlequin ladybirds. Ladybird larvae are predators of aphids, able to eat over 100 aphids a day each, so by introducing ladybird larvae into the trees / hedges, the aphids can be controlled naturally. 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 - 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 :-
- Less than 20cm, use 100 larvae and 1 release bag.
- Between 20cm and 50cm, use 200 larvae split between 2 release bags.
- Over 50cm, use 500 larvae split between 3 release bags.
- For hedges introduce 10 larvae per m run of hedge and use 1 bag per 100 larvae.
N.B. Ladybird Larvae are available between late April and August - pre-order for delivery w/c 30/04/018