USING LADY BUGS IN
YOUR MARIJUANA GARDEN
By: Alexandra Fox | July 12, 2015
LADY BUGS IN THE MARIJUANA GARDEN
According to legend, the Ladybug acquired its name from a time in the middle ages when insects were destroying crops in Europe. Catholic farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary for help. Soon the Ladybugs came, ate the devastating pests and saved the crops. Seen as an answer to their prayers, farmers began calling the ladybugs "The Beetles of Our Lady", and eventually became known as "Lady Beetles" or “Ladybugs.” Oh, and just in case you were wondering, the males are called ladybugs too!
As a predatory insect, the ladybug’s diet consists of some of the most crop-crippling insects like aphids, spider mites, russet mites, whiteflies, and scale insects. Even ladybugs in the larval stage eat aphids making the ladybug one of the most efficient terminators you could unleash in your garden. Ladybug babies look like long black beetles with orange spots, so don’t be alarmed when they start popping up! These will be your next generation of terminators.
The Gardener’s Best Friend
Ladybugs are great for cannabis gardens because they eat everything that cannabis gardeners hate and are an effective ecological alternative to harsh chemical pesticides. We recommend keeping them in your garden as a preventative measure at the very least. We ordered a batch to eradicate root aphids and once we let them free they just went to town! If you’re infestation gets too serious you could always try unleashing a horde of 5,000 or more! Otherwise you will have to rely on other commercial pesticides to do the job.
Pesticides that Kill Ladybugs
Based on our experience, the following pesticides should not be used before or after you release a pack of ferocious ladybugs into your garden: Bonide 8, Captain Jack’s Deadbug Brew, Lemon Grass Oil, Diatomaceous Earth, and typically try stay away from commercial grade pesticides as well when you have Ladybugs.