Lacewing larvae are natural predators of aphids and other soft bodied pests and are able to eat over 300 pests each, so they are ideal for clearing heavy infestations in the garden / under-glass. Use them to clear heavy infestaions of 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.
By releasing 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 tube containing the larvae and buckwheat husks - simply open the tube and sprinkle the larvae (and the buckwheat husks) over the affected plants. The larvae 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. As well as controlling aphids (greenfly and blackfly) in the garden, they can also be used to control :-
- 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 - 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.
"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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.