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There are nearly 5,000 different kinds of ladybugs worldwide and 400 which live in North America. Approximately 130 species of ladybugs are native to California alone!

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July 7, 2009

Ladybugs

Cute, red and sweet with their black tickly feet
It sure is unreal that this bug's favorite meal
Is the very same thing eating your crops in the Spring
Now you'll know what we mean when we say these bugs are green!

Good Luck for the Green Garden


Widely thought to bring with them good luck, ladybugs are also a fantastic natural pest-killer for your garden. Ladybugs eat aphids, thrip and scale - insects that are known to damage gardens by sucking out the juice from your sumptuous fruit and veggies. Relocating ladybugs to your garden is as environmentally friendly as it gets - they are highly adaptive to new environments, will reproduce almost anywhere, and they have very few predators of their own. So how can you acquire nature's greenest garden pest killer?

  • Check out your local farmer's market. If they're not already selling containers of live ladybugs, talk amongst the vendors, contact the organizers, email online vendors or speak with representatives from your city hall to make them aware of this very eco-friendly pesticide.
  • Purchase live ladybugs online through a green website, such as http://www.arbico-organics.com/1112511.html. Once you receive the little buggers, set them free in your garden and let them get to work!
  • Use ladybug attractants in your backyard. Build or buy a ladybug house (similar to a bird house) and add a few drops of this natural solution to attract the insects: http://www.backyardbird.com/ladat.html

Check It Out

Help find and collect ladybugs: http://www.discoverlife.org/ladybug/lost_ladybugs.html
Find out more about ladybug collecting by watching the video sold here: http://www.calgold.com/calgold/Default.asp?Series=8000&Show=791
Purchase a ladybug home: http://www.thebestladybughouse.com/?from=FarmersMarketOnline

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