Ladybugs effective as garden insecticides

Ladybugs, symbols of good luck from medieval Europe to Chinese lore, are beneficial bugs all gardeners should consider welcoming into their yards and garden plots. Bart Conrad, a master gardener in Camden County, says ladybugs are “a friend to gardeners” because they eat bugs that eat plants.

The spotted beetle eats aphids, mealy bugs, scale, leafhoppers and other destructive pests that damage plants in gardens and agricultural fields. Ladybugs can eat up to 75 aphids a day.

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Last modified on 09/24/2018

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