5 Tips to Attract Ladybugs to Your Garden

Ladybugs are beneficial bugs for the garden. They prey on aphids and other insects that cause harm to your plants. Adult ladybugs can eat up to 50 aphids a day, while ladybug larvae can eat hundreds! Your kids will most likely become garden playmates with these little guys too. So why wouldn’t you want to attract more to your garden?

1. Buy Flowers and Herbs Such As:

  • Cilantro
  • Fennel
  • Scented Germaniums
  • Cosmos
  • Coreopsis
  • Dill
  • Lavender
  • Milkweed
  • Yarrow

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2. Do Not Use Pesticides.

    Not only are ladybugs sensitive to pesticides, but it could also kill their food source.

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3. Supply Them With a Drink of Water.

    Fill shallow dishes with a layer of pebbles. Add water to cover the bottom half of the pebbles. Place dishes around the garden for beneficial bugs to drink from.

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4. Give Them a Safe Haven.

    Grow taller plants to provide ladybugs with protection from predators. For example, grow tomato plants and trees.

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5. Lure Them With Nice Smells.

  • Ladybugs like the scent of whey and yeast. Fill a spray bottle with two tablespoons of dried yeast and two cups of whey. Fill the rest of the bottle with water. Spray the mixture on your plants. (Warning: Don’t store the mixture in bottle after finished or it may ferment)
  • Plant flowers that attract ladybugs such as those mentioned in tip number 1.

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