Common Ladybug (Hippodamia convergens)
Ladybugs are native almost to all parts of North America. They are the most loved and used of beneficial insects. We took our corporate name from this popular insect. Everyone has seen Ladybugs in yards or gardens and made a wish upon a them as a child.
Do not confuse our Ladybugs with the ones that invade people's houses and make a nuisance of themselves. Our ladybugs do not congregate like their bothersome cousins (Harmonia).
Kills aphids and spider mites
Inexpensive compared to chemical pesticides
Won't harm people, plants or pets
What do ladybugs eat? They eat aphids (preferred), spider mites, thrips, whitefly and whitefly larvae and other sap sucking plant pests.
Will the ladybugs 'fly away home'? Ladybugs are like any wild creature, they have instincts for survival. This means that they will try to find suitable food and habitat to sustain their lives. They will spread out to surrounding areas and lay eggs as they go.
How are ladybugs raised? Ladybugs are not cultivated. They are gathered from the wild in certain areas of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California and the Cascades of Oregon. We merely take them from one area and transport them to another place where they will have even more food and do a good service by eliminating some of the 'bad' bugs at their destination.
Where will ladybugs live? Ladybugs will live almost anywhere in North America. They can take extremes of temperature and still propagate their young. They do well even in cold climates like Alaska and the upper Midwest. They cannot be released in the state of Hawaii.
Will ladybugs live over a winter in very cold areas? They can be released anywhere in the lower 48 states and Alaska. They will over-winter almost everywhere. If it is too cold when they are released, they will just hide in forest litter or mulching material or around the roots of trees, grasses or shrubs until the weather gets better.
What about ladybug houses? Ladybug houses are attractive garden or yard ornaments. The ladybugs may go inside for the winter to get some relief from adverse weather, but ladybug houses are not necessary for the health and safety of the insects.
I can't find any of the ladybugs that I released yesterday. Where are they? The ladybugs will sometimes hide during the day when people look for them when it is too hot. Try looking on the underside of foliage or in the early morning or late evening.
There are ladybugs infesting my house. Where did they come from and how do I get rid of them? There is a variety of ladybug from Asia called Japanese Ladybugs that were imported to combat a specific kind of pest that was afflicting citrus trees and have made their home in America. They have a habit of infesting peoples houses in the winter months to escape the cold weather. They will sometimes just stay on the outside of the house or sometimes only go as far as the insides of walls. However, sometimes they will get inside through small cracks of gaps and cover walls or windows with hundreds of insects. At this time there is no effective way to get rid of the ladybugs except to sweep or vacuum them up and put them out of doors. They are a beneficial bug and should not be killed if at all possible. There is a company that is working on producing a system to gather the invaders alive so they can be evicted from your house. Watch this web site for more information as it becomes available.
Can I feed the ladybugs? You could feed them live aphids, but they are hard to find and keep. Ladybugs will not eat things other than their natural prey.
What are the funny little bugs that are on the same plants that I put ladybugs on just a month or two ago? You may be seeing the ladybugs larvae. They will appear about two to three weeks after you release ladybugs. They stay in this stage for about two weeks and then form a small pupa (cocoon) and emerge as adults in one week.