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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. What's bugging you?
March 28, 2015
Did you know you can buy bugs? You can buy bug eggs, too! I love spring time when the mantis sacks go on sale, because they are my favorite kind of insect. I think they are majestic, intriguing and beautiful. The babies are just darn cute!
When I garden, I try to be as organic as possible. When I get aphids, though, I use Dawn diluted in water or spray them with a hard blast from the hose. Water is a precious commodity, so the latter is not practical and you can use only so much Dawn. Solution? Predatory insects such as the mantis or ladybug.
Aphids can do devastating damage to plants. They literally suck the life out of them. They multiply fast, too, If an infestation gets out of hand, you may lose the plant or consider drastic chemical measures. Luckily, this is the time of year you can buy the bugs at lawn and garden stores or even online.
The ladybug and mantis egg sacks come in little cups with vented lids. You open the top and sprinkle (ever so gently) the ladybugs around the worst case plants. Expect a good portion of them to leave, but some will stick around once they notice all the delightful goodies eating your plants. The mantis egg sacks can be placed in elevated areas of the garden. Keep them dry and just wait. Once they start to hatch, you will notice little areas of the sack have holes. Look closely, they are now running around your garden.