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Ladybugs: Natures Little Pest Control Techs

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While we at BugMaster may be known for being almighty bug killers, there are some bugs we respect for their effectiveness in taking care of garden nemeses. As you get your flower garden started in February and March, keep some natural helpers in mind.

Not only are ladybugs cute and unintimidating, they’re on team-human when it comes to combating garden pests. Ladybugs eat aphids, leaf hoppers, mealy bugs, and scale. And they’re hungry little bugs- they eat up to 60 of these pests a day! If you decide to introduce ladybugs into your garden, you should think of ordering around 1500 for the growing season. When you release the ladybugs, release them in increments and put them at the base of your plants during the evening. Ladybugs don’t fly at nighttime, so they’ll stick around for the first night. Then when they get moving in the morning, they will be so happy to see all the food sources in your garden they will stick around until all the food is gone (which won’t happen for a long time). If you have ladybugs, you will not want to add pesticides to your garden because it will kill the ladybugs… and they wouldn’t appreciate that.

Another group of mighty pest fighters are nematodes. Although nematodes are not nearly as attractive as ladybugs, you won’t even see them because they are 1/500 of an inch long. These tiny critters do some serious crime fighting as they can kill over 200 species of pest insects (such as grubs, Japanese beetles, and termites) in soil and have no bad affects on humans, ladybugs, worms or other helpful garden insects.

BugMaster also has a pesticide that is easy and- not to outdo Mother Nature- but even more effective than ladybugs and nematodes which you can use on your flower gardens when you plant them in the end of February and then again in the end of March.

So while planning what will go in your garden don’t forget to plan for bugs. If you have any problems, call BugMaster’s Mobile HQ, 251-66-4402, or BugMaster DIY, 251-626-6667.

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