Last year I was not happy to find aphids all over my 4 rose bushes - I tried spraying with detergent; spraying with the hose, putting vaseline on cardboard (don't ask); and finally some seaweed based poison – and still the little bugs thrived.
This year i decided to go with the natural predator approach. I ordered live ladybirds - 1,500 for $9.99
On Monday the small box came to my office - oh, no they'd tried to deliver on Saturday – of course our office was closed.
I wondered if I might find 1,500 dead ladybirds. But I spied movement
Do you think anyone ever counts them to make sure they got 1,500?
I read the instructions – ran the bag under water and then placed it in the veggie crisper until dark.
This is one side of my little courtyard - the intended new home for the ladybirds…
As instructed, at dark we let them out – spreading them around the rose bushes and the peonies;
I imagined that I was going to wake the next day and find the lady birds had moved next door – greener pastures and better bugs…. so I was thrilled to see little orange bugs amongst the leaves and buds munching on the aphids…
I did find that some of them weren't paying as much attention to their pest control job as they should've been: