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Indoor Gardens and Ladybugs
Ladybugs are among the most beloved beneficial insects in the garden and in popular culture. These voracious beetles are a welcome sight to gardeners with sap-feeding insect troubles, requiring very little from the gardeners whose plants on which they feed. Keeping ladybugs in indoor gardens is becoming a common method of pest control because it requires, and demands, no dangerous pesticides to battle a wide range of pests.
Ladybugs as a group are considered predatory insects, but they feed on plant nectar when pest insect populations are low. These hard-shelled, orange-to-black and often spotted, semi-hemispheric beetles live about only one year, but may be able to reproduce in a greenhouse if they are supplied pollen and nectar. Ladybugs have huge appetites, consuming as many as 50 aphids per day.
Shortly after they are released in indoor gardens, ladybugs need a drink of water to replenish lost fluids. So turning them out in evening after you mist your indoor plants is a good idea. Then they won’t immediately take flight; instead, they will investigate the plants nearby, looking for food and shelter. Depending on the size of an indoor garden, several thousand ladybugs may be needed to control its insect problem, especially if gaps are in screens, allowing some of the ladybugs to escape. Weekly ladybug releases are recommended for best results.
Although ladybugs are by no means specialist feeders, some commercially available species prefer to feed on certain pests more than other kinds of pests. The mealybug destroyer (Cryptolaemus montrouzieri) favors mealybugs. Whitefly egg predators (Delphastus catalinae) attack a range of whiteflies, including banded-winged, sweetpotato, woolly, azalea hibiscus, cloudywinged, citrus and rhododendron. A ladybug known by only its scientific name, Rhyzobius lophanthae, attacks both armored and soft scale as well as mealybugs. The convergent lady beetle (Hippodamia convergens) controls aphids, scales and thrips.
Ladybugs are extremely valuable to the greenhouse or indoor gardens keeper, by they can become nuisances in fall and winter when they seek shelter inside homes. The multicolored Asian ladybug (Harmonia axyridis) is notorious for congregating by the thousands in attics and walls. Ladybugs’ removal is often challenging. Once they are collected by a vacuum, however, they can be released into a screened greenhouse and put on pest-control duty because they are voracious aphid eaters. As long as your indoor gardens remain warm, the ladybugs will hunt actively.
- University of California at Davis Department of Environmental Toxicology: Ladybugs, Hippodamia Convergens
- University of California Integrated Pest Management Online: Convergent Lady Beetle
- University of California Integrated Pest Management Online: Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle
- University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension: Multicolored Asian Ladybug
- University of California Retail Nursery and Garden Center Integrated Pest Management News: Lady Beetle Releases for Aphid Control — How to Help Them Work
Kristi Waterworth started her writing career in 1995 as a journalist for a local newspaper. From there, her meandering career path led to a 9 1/2 year stint in the real estate industry. Since 2010, she’s written on a wide range of personal finance topics. Waterworth received a Bachelor of Arts in American history from Columbia College.Indoor Gardens and Ladybugs. Ladybugs are among the most beloved beneficial insects in the garden and in popular culture. These voracious beetles are a welcome sight to gardeners with sap-feeding insect troubles, requiring very little from the gardeners whose plants on which they feed. Keeping ladybugs in indoor … ]]>