3 Tips to Ensure LadyBugs Stay in Your Garden after Release


Alright, we got out here to sun set for evening
night water. To water my plants. Well actually I am not really watering my plants in there.
We’re just gonna wetting em down because we’re gonna today is that we’re gonna
release some beneficial insects. So I love releasing and using beneficial insects to
basically eat the bad bugs because when you got too much bad bugs, the bad bugs suck the
juice or the life outta your plants. So first what we have to do is to water this down because
what we’re gonna do today is release lady bugs. So by watering down the plants and once
again release your lady bugs at night, they have the highest probability of actually hanging
out and not flying away. Once again lady bugs are well they are wild animals or wild creatures.
And even though you release it doesn’t mean they are gonna stay in your garden. So a few
things you could do like you know, release em at night or when it turns light or when
the suns down, or actually probably wait a little bit and release em in the little bit,
when it gets even darker. But then I couldn’t make the video. Number 2 you want to water
your plants down. You know get it nice and moist for em, you know that’s going to be
really important. And the final thing and the most important thing before you release
any beneficial or beneficial insects in your garden, is to make sure they are going to
have food. Haha, because if your like… oh lets release some beneficials I don’t know
if I need em or not. If you release em and there’s no food for them… guess what they
are gonna split. Cause your gonna go somewhere else where there is food you know. I mean
I’d love to hang out at my house cause I have all this food to eat. But my neighbor
has a lawn, so I am not gonna hang out at his place. So lemme show you what I mean by
some food. These are some actually flowering ummm brussels sprout tops. And you know it
makes the Brussel sprout flowers. Which are quite edible, and the top these are the unopen
buds. They look just like broccolis and you can eat em just like broccoli but if you do
a close up here on this so here’s all this grey thing I don’t know if you can see them,
and here’s the flowers here’s the unopen buds. And all of these little grey dots, and
if you look closely those little grey dots are moving. And those little grey dots are
the aphids, and aphids are not good bugs. So the easiest way to solve this problem is
to basically just snap this whole top off… I got it now, and now we’re gonna take and
dispose off this. So now we’re just gonna get this off the property what I am gonna
do is put this in my green bin which basically goes into the central composting facility
to get these off my property cause I don’t want these aphids on my property. Cause what
happens is these guys are sucking juice like in the life out of your plants. Taking the
life force out of your plants, and multiplying. So if I come back tomorrow, you know they
have affected this much of the stem though…. they will be down here. And go down even further,
and there are all this different stem. Well you know you could pick em all off, and once
again I recommend manual control as your first line of defense. You know, yes it takes some
time, you gotta use your eyes be perceptive. Helps keep your brain active that’s good
stuff. But uh pick em all off and get em outta here. Step number one. Then you probably won’t
get em all cause they are little, you know, they hide. That’s why we’re gonna release
the lady bugs. You know, definitely another good step. Another good step would be blast
them off with water. But today we’re gonna release lady bugs. So let me go inside and
get em out of where I’ve have been having them for safe keeping. So were here in my
kitchen and here’s my nice fridge. We’re gonna open this up and and check out what’s
inside. Well besides all my food, we got the lady bugs hanging out inside. Now why am I
storing my lady bugs inside the fridge. So basically that stimulates winter time and
in winter they are dormant. And they are like in slow motion, slow animation. So they are
just kinda hanging out waiting for spring time. So that then they can become alive.
One you do get your lady bugs. You know you don’t want to keep em in your fridge too
long. They do ship with some food but you know what, if you keep em in there too long,
they might not make it. So uh let’s head outside and release the lady bugs. Okay so
now we’re outside, getting darker out here . And we’re gonna take of the cover… woah
watch out!! Haha , just kidding. So you can just take it off, and see them you know climbing
around in there in the state of like slow motion or spended animation cause they are
just not moving really that fast cause its been too cold. And you know the good thing
is that the lady bugs don’t fly at night so that is one another reason why you want
to release these at night and water the area. And there actually just trying to crawl out
of the container here. So I am just gonna simply take the container and you know with
the bedding and everything I am just shaking em around the infected areas. And the others
are gonna drop to the ground, but you know what they like to climb at night. So they
will actually just climb up on top of the plants and find all the aphids and they’ll
say oh this is a good place to live. You know we’re gonna hang out here and lay our eggs
and then we will have more lady bugs later. And so sure enough I did a nice big lady bug
release last year and I still have lady bugs.. you know that before I even released any this
year. So lady bugs can eat up to 50 aphids a day. That’s a lot of aphids. They can
just probably clear cut the tops, and just eat em all. And when the lady bugs actually
hatch the eggs, they are really a trip they look like little alligators. They are kind
of red, so you see those don’t be alarmed . And they also lay these little egg sacs
that are funny hanging things and I do have a video of like a baby lady bug, if you look
back at my old videos. I was so amazed the first time I ever saw one. I mean I have already
seen some of them in my garden this year. They are super amazing. But I love lady bugs,
and once again lady bugs are beneficial insects. You can release them in your garden, to control
some of your pests. Oh and don’t fall for it. If you see the lady bugs, it says stay
home lady home lady bugs. Like they are supposed to stay in your home stay in your property.
Don’t believe it, cause you know what they are gonna go where there is food and once
again the main thing to remember. Number one water your area down release them at night
and make sure they have food in the area so that they could all hang out and feed on your
bed bugs. Alright , so let’s check out some lady bugs. Get it on!!! Haha…So I did a
lady bug release as you saw. Here’s some lady bugs, I don’t know if you can see that.
Right there, like one is right on top of the other. They are mating. Oh man look so there
is one there, and there’s also one underneath here I don’t know if you can see that underneath
that. And here wo go look, there’s even more. There’s a lady bug orgy going on right
here… right there. More right there… and even right there and right there. I have released
one whole container of lady bugs and they are all mating right now, and I think they
know that this is a good place to mate because just right above where they are mating and
then they are also soon be laying some eggs… is their food source. Look at all these aphids
in my flowering dinosaur kale, so I love to release lady bugs, so that they will mate
and lay eggs and so then I will have continual lady bugs you know in my garden, to prevent
aphids aand other insects because, baby lady bugs are voracious aphid eaters. So hopefully
you’ve enjoyed learning about lady bugs today. Once again this is John Kohler, with
growingyourgreens.com. We’ll see ya next time and use some biological controls to control
pests in your garden.

100 thoughts on “3 Tips to Ensure LadyBugs Stay in Your Garden after Release

  1. I observed that this comprehensive video pertains a variety of tips which are very useful to apply in our particular garden. I acknowledge your effort for widening up our strategies and tactics in growing. Good job! 

  2. Spray the lady bugs with sugar water before releasing them. The sugar water will dry and prevent them from opening their wings and flying away from your garden. The next time it rains, the dried sugar holding their wings will melt in the rain and they can then fly away. I kept the 1,500 I released in my garden for a week before they started flying off to kill the bad bugs in the whole neighborhood.

  3. Either way you have insects in your garden , crapping on your food , eating your greens and reproducing on them. Neem oil in in my future

  4. Great video. It confirms everything I've been researching about luring lady bugs into my hydro garden. However, I'm interested in lady bugs as a preventative measure for bad pests. This means they may not necessarily have aphids to feast on. I'm thinking of setting up sugar water stations around my plants to keep them nurished during those long weeks/months.

  5. Thanks for the video John. I have a very small indoor garden under grow lights. The aphids have already destroyed most of my Basil and other herbs and they are all over my Chard and spinach. I am going to order a small amount of ladybugs and was wondering if the ladybug nectar would help.Also am wondering about a ladybug house.

  6. You people are mean as shit, big surprise, thanks for the video, whats up with the nectar they send sometimes with them? thanks

  7. I live in michigan, i have a frog terrarium that has aphids attacking the plants for the 2nd time (i guess these are the eggs from the ones i previously killed)  Where can I buy a small amount of Lady Bugs or find em cheap enough to let the rest go into the wild if i have extra?

  8. This video was awesome! I love ladybugs one time I ordered some and all flew away into my neighbor's yard now I know what to do thanks soooo much 🙂

  9. John, it's a real treat to watch enthusiastic people like you share their passion with others.  Thanks a bunch! 

    Oh, ever thought about building a ladybug house to help them stay?

  10. I like this information and the guy is explaining everything easy and kinda fun. Don't be mean. Gosh. Thank
    You

  11. Detergent and water. take off the bud and drowned them in a bucket! why send them to compost to be someone else problem.. BAD! Hippy, BAD!

  12. I always liked playing with ladybugs as a child/ Never knew they got rid of bugs. I read alyssium plants are good bug repellents too

  13. Here is a new spray for aphid control made using Edible food ingredients like Olive oil and emulsified using high tech ultrasonics. So this is an organic method (OMRI listing will be applied for soon).
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1288123367/edible-pesticides-beyond-safetheyre-edible?ref=discovery
    The new emulsification method does NOT use soap, so the sprays are made with food and actually taste good and are safe to eat. Basically a vinaigrette…………with zero soap. Soap and neem don't taste good, these new sprays do.

  14. Your video was very informative and your narration was great. You have a great personality, a good voice so you can be plainly heard and very good information. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. Please keep the videos coming.

  15. Great Video, I use Ladybugs also,The reason they don't last in your home refrigerator more than a couple days is most likely your fridge is frost free meaning it pulls the moisture from the air inside and after a couple days they become dehydrated and die. I also toss a kid sized box of raisins 20 or so out so they have an initial food source prior to mating.

  16. I got my ladybugs today and instructions said to leave them in the fridge until I'm ready to release them. Question is, do I need to take them out of the fridge and let them warm up BEFORE taking them outside for a while or do I just take them from the fridge directly to the garden?

  17. this was a frustrating video to watch. Get a camera that can focus on the things you to show a close up of.

  18. best way to get rid if aphids quick is captain jacks dead bug brew which is a bacteria found in a rum distillery called spinoside totally organic organocide 3 in 1 will work well to and has beneficial oils for your plants organic as well ladybugs take forever and are hit and miss

  19. Hi, great information. I hope you can answer a question, no one seems to have an answer. I bought pressure treated wood for a stand to my ladybug house, do lady bugs dislike the wood? The house has not been treated.
    Thanks!

  20. Hello, thanks for all your videos! I spray my plants regularly with Neem oil. What will or could that do to the lady bugs? Thanks, Trudy

  21. Ugh, I can't believe I clicked on this guy's video. He talks too much. His videos could be 50% shorter if he didn't state obvious common sense comments.

  22. Too many words & cutesy comments ~ great for 5 & 6th graders. Needed more specifics of how & where to place them with visual. Hope this helps for future video's.

  23. Ya the first time I saw a young lady bug I didn't know what it was…..so I started picking them off and killing them…..but I have slot of them in my garden……they are just there naturally! So my pest control is limited but I do use neem oil with a bit of soap and water……if I see to may pests!

  24. You advice is bad advice! Hosing down the plants is bad advice! You need to keep the insects on the plants so the Ladybugs can eat the m, by hosing down the plants you are forcing the ladybugs to fly out side your yard to survive! The Best Lady Bug House Team!

  25. Stop being so harsh on this guy. He's a big help to us organic gardeners. And anyways he's wearing a Q-Link so he's definitely cool.

  26. Until Monsanto kills all of them. They've gotten most of the bees. I wouldn't be surprised if ladybugs are next on the list.

  27. can you feed the aphids to the ladybug in the container …do ladybug larvae eat aphids and can't fly away … is it better to put ladybug eggs in the garden then ladybugs themselves

  28. I have a hundred year old maple FULL of aphids with their honeydew raining all over my cars. The maple is dropping leaves to get rid of them. I got a pack of 3000 ladybugs and think I may need a lot more. Literally every leaf is packed with aphids. I think the ants are farming them. Get ready for the great aphid massacre of 2018!!!

  29. I realize this came out in 2011 and it's 7 years later now. However, I have read that importing ladybugs from outside sources can bring in diseases and parasites to native ladybugs in your area. Any thoughts on it? Also, what source would you recommend getting ladybugs from? Online or do you use local sources? Oh… and what time of year would you recommend releasing them in the garden? I live on the Texas gulf coast; mild winters and brutal hot humid summers.

  30. I train Lady Bugs. You can rent a LB hive for 2 weeks or so. Minimum 10k LB count. After 2 weeks I come back and play a meatloaf song as they've been trained to respond only to Meatloaf. Takes about 15 minutes to gather about 75% of them back. Call early to reserve your LB Hive. 😂😂😂😂

  31. There is a ladybug species that is invasive and eliminates the native lady bugs, according to a commenter on another video. Also, if you watch a ladybug eating an aphid, it takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r, lol!

  32. Excellent presentation! Didn’t bore me, very informative! I just purchased my first batch of 1500 ladybugs. Fingers crossed this organically does the trick. Thank you!

  33. I wished I watched your video last week. I recently bought some ladybugs and did everything wrong… released them into a dry yard at around Noon. Doh!

  34. You can also call in an airstrike. Napalm works very well at eradicating aphids. You can thank me later.

  35. Subscribed, & found this video in the middle of news videos about the giant San Diego ladybug swarm, "big enough to be seen on weather radar""!! Lol!!Wonder whose yard they're from…

  36. How long did you leave the lady bugs in the frig? Would a cooler work as well with small bag of ice to sedate them till released? I'm thinking it's not a harsh environment as a refrigerator.

  37. aaawwww thats sooo lovely!!!!!! new sub i hope youre still about! and thankyou for teaching me more stuff about ladybirds

  38. I decimated the ants in my yard (every single one of them…) and expectedly aphids are just gone… I would've never thought ants would be those mean bastards protecting the pest…

  39. I tried everything to keep them except the house (will do that soon). I think pesticides and mosquitoes spray are responsible for their disappearance

  40. Spraying the lady bugs lightly before releasing with a mix of soda and water and let them dry, the wings will kinda glue shut and keep them from flying away and not harm the lady bugs

  41. Ladybugs are naturally attracted to the Ladybug stress pheromone. If your neighbor has more aphids than you, they will leave. Green Lacewings are the better choice.

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