16 May '12, 9am

Why You Shouldn't Buy Ladybugs for Natural Pest Control in your Garden

Why You Shouldn't Buy Ladybugs for Natural Pest Control in your Garden

In the post on 10 Online Gardening Communities You Should Join I recommended Twitter because rarely a day doesn’t go by that I don’t learn something new. Recently, I was observing a @GroundChat discussion when @BugLadySuzanne mentioned that ladybugs that you can purchase for your garden are trapped in the wild, and that these ladybugs can carry parasites and diseases that will infect ladybugs native to your area. I sent her a few questions about the practice because I always assumed ladybugs were raised in a more sustainable manner, and buying them to release in the garden was a good thing. Below is the transcript of my Q&A with Suzanne on ladybugs, how they're harvested, and their role in garden pest control. TreeHugger: How common is it that trapped ladybugs available for sale to gardeners? Suzanne Wainwright: Almost all ladybird beetles sold in the US are wild harvested...

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