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Ladybugs - Lethal Lovelies to Combat Your Garden Enemies Without Chemicals

Updated on August 17, 2014

A gardener's delight.

Lady bugs are so cute!  Since I was a child, I have loved seeing these brightly colored little ladies in the yard.  

Of course, at the time I had no idea they were public enemy number one for other bugs.

Yep.  It's true.  The sexiest bug about is technically speaking a combat ready killer.  Who knew?

Mr. Vix knew.  He buys these every year.  

The first year he got them, I was seriously tripping.  As a general rule, I'm not a bug fan.  Not one bit.  

There are some bugs I won't go out of my way to eliminate and lady bugs top that list because they are just so adorable.  

Dragon flies, butterflys, even some crickets can be really cute.  Nature is their home, so I say for the most part live and let live, with the cute ones.

Let's be honest here.  Some bugs are really scary looking.  They have teeth.  They eat my garden goodies and basically declare war on my plants, pets and person.

Bring it!

I love that by enlisting the Lady bug brigade I'm sure to win the battle of the bugs in short order. Unlike governments, these ladies get in there and do their job.  

They especially like aphids which can take over an entire garden fast.  One day all is good and the next legions of aphids will have moved into the area.  Using gorilla tactics they hide in the foliage.  By the time the enemy is spotted by human eyes, the destruction is showing on most leaves.

Lady bug blitz!

When the container of our uber cute warriors arrives, it looks small, innocuous and totally harmless.

Our lovely ladies are asleep at this point.  Hey, even a warrior gal needs her beauty sleep.  It doesn't take but just a few hours for everyone to wake up and get their party on.

Before you know it, garden leaves and blooms will again be whole, perky and not under attack from ugly ickyness.

Like any gal worth having, lady bugs require some maintenance.

They don't need a lot to hang out and live in your garden, but they do need some things.  What?  You thought just because you bought them that you own them?  Not hardly.

These little ladies have minds of their own.  They are pretty cool though and will love living with you as long as you remember to provide them with the must have essentials every girl needs.

Lady bugs need a home, some flowers and plenty of food.  Seriously, I know it sounds bizarre for a bug, but they really do need a tiny little house.  You can make one, buy one or even use the shipping container as one.  But, the point is, no house and they will go AWOL on you.

In the end, if you love it, set it free.

Every year these adorable girls of mine break my heart.  You see they eventually go away.  Like any really good army, they clear the field of combatants, take over and then march on.

When they leave, you know you're pest free.  Lucky for me, they usually don't go too far and a few tend to stay around to maintain the land won.  

I've had them take off for a week or two and then return when the aphids started to come back.  The lady bugs obliterate the remaining vestiges of the once mighty aphid army and then go on to help out all the neighbors gardens.

Image credit; Poetvix

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Everyone needs a roof.

Heartwood 029D Lady Loft Bug Decorative Bird House
Heartwood 029D Lady Loft Bug Decorative Bird House

Here's a garden house as cute as our girls.The shingles give it such a cute look while the stake makes installation a snap. Your ladies can be partying here in minutes, guarding your flowers and beautifying your lawn all at once.

 

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ Julieannbrady - Oh, my. I don't think I would like a swarm of them either. Supposedly, they follow the food and then take off, so I imagine there were a bunch of bugs that got eaten. I like to see all the different colors they come in. Thanks bunches for an awesome comment and most happy gardening. God bless you!

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      julieannbrady 3 years ago

      Oh boy, I didn't know all that about the ladybug! One year, when I lived in a midrise in Atlanta, Georgia, we were inundated with ladybugs - gazillions of them - they were all over the windows and patio and some got inside. It was kind of creepy to see so many - like they are good luck and everything, but not when there are gazillions of them. I've not seen too terribly many of them here in Jacksonville, FL - so, when I do, I think good luck!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @LPerry60: Yes that would be adorable! I love that idea. Now, I want to build a new ladybug house :). God bless.

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      LPerry60 3 years ago from East Coast United States

      How adorable ladybugs are! I never knew you could get homes for them to live in. It would be cute to paint their house red with black polka dots :)

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Heidi Vincent: I didn't either for the longest. I just thought they were cute. :) Thanks bunches dropping in and commenting. Blessings.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Great review, poetvix, and very useful ladybug info! I had no idea. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Merrci: Thank you :) The ladies are so awesome. Yesterday, one flew in on her own and just hung out with me while I was typing. She was orange with white spots. Very pretty. I love how they often come in unexpected colors. Right now, I'm trying to figure out how to get the crickets to stop eating my purple basil. Never had a prob. w/ them before so I don't really know what to do but I know my ladies can't take a cricket.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Hairdresser007: They do major damage on bugs for sure but I have to give to the ladies for being cute. :) That being said, cute is in the eye of the beholder. LOL The praying mantis on Kung Foo Panda was so adorable.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Great suggestion that's environmentally safe too! I bet they make good employees too! Enjoyed this very much!

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      James Jordan 3 years ago from Burbank, CA

      What about praying mantis? I love them!