Ladybugs eat aphids, cabbage moths, mites and other tiny insects. Because of their appetite for plant-eating pests, ladybugs are a beneficial component for any garden and act as a natural pesticide.Continue Reading
Ladybugs are tiny beetles easily recognized by their red-caped, black-spotted bodies. They are popular insects with small children because of their nonthreatening appearance. Gardeners appreciate their presence in their gardens because of their tendency to eat plant-killing pests.
A ladybug's lifespan is short, about three to six weeks, but during that time, it destroys a vast amount of garden pests such as aphids and mites. A single ladybug devours approximately 5,000 aphids before it dies. Ladybugs lay their eggs on leaves where aphids and other pests congregate. When a ladybug hatches, it immediately begins to feed on the other insects. Each ladybug lays about 1,000 eggs, so even a few ladybugs have the capacity to eradicate vast populations of garden pests.
For severe aphid or mite invasions, ladybugs may be purchased from a garden supply center and released into a garden as a natural alternative to chemical pesticides. Another method for attracting ladybugs and enjoying their benefits is to plant several flowers near the garden because ladybugs are drawn to pollinating plants.Learn more about Bugs
Predatory ladybugs eat mites, thrips, fruit flies and scale insects in addition to aphids. Plant-eating species feed on the leaves of corn, potatoes and grains, but are not considered major crop pests.Full Answer >
Only a few insects, mites and spiders dwell inside homes and are known as household pests. Usually these fall into three categories that help make identification easier: bugs that bite or sting, structural pests that cause damage such as termites or certain types of pests found in the garden. Becoming familiar with insect hiding places can help in identification, as does being familiar with factors such as the number of legs, if it has wings and what its color is.Full Answer >
For mites, aphids, mealybugs and other insects with soft bodies, a good organic spray is one tablespoon canola oil mixed with a few drops Ivory soap sprayed on leaves, notes Eartheasy.com. For grubs, a good organic pest control method is to use milky spore on leaves.Full Answer >
During flight, the shell of the ladybug raises to reveal light and gossamer wings, which are approximately four times bigger than the beetle's body. When the beetle is not flying, the shell closes to protect the wings. Red in color and sporting black spots, the shell of the ladybug is what makes it instantly recognizable.Full Answer >