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Help, Lady Bugs have infested us


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From:Date:Zone:
Jensine23-Oct-00 11:09 AM EST   
Brian @ Prairie & Parkland Plants26-Oct-00 10:51 PM EST   
27-Oct-00 05:39 PM EST   
Coral28-Oct-00 10:49 AM EST   
Claire-Ontario30-Oct-00 12:15 PM EST   
Kelly02-Nov-00 11:10 PM EST   
Kelly03-Nov-00 07:31 AM EST   
Dee03-Nov-00 10:22 PM EST   
Brian @ Prairie & Parkland Plants03-Nov-00 10:51 PM EST   
05-Nov-00 11:02 PM EST   
michelle11-Nov-00 06:03 PM EST   
Darlene12-Jun-01 02:02 PM EST 2   
pat15-Jun-01 10:37 PM EST   
Arne18-Jun-01 12:38 AM EST 8   


Subject: Help, Lady Bugs have infested us
From: Jensine
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Date: 23-Oct-00 11:09 AM EST

Every fall for the past 6 yrs.,since the government imported Lady Bugs to help the tobacco farmers with aphids, we have been literally invaded by Lady Bugs every Fall. We're talking thousands and thousands. Is there any product or remedy to deter them from getting into our home? Thanks for any help.


Subject: RE: Help, Lady Bugs have infested us
From: Brian @ Prairie & Parkland Plants
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Date: 26-Oct-00 10:51 PM EST

You lucky so & so! I would like to have your problem. The reason you have so many Lady Bugs is that there is lots of food (Aphids) for them. I will take the Lady Bugs over the Aphids. If tey are so numerous, why not start up a business of collecting and selling them? I understand there is a thriving market for Lady Bugs. Does any one else have information on this? Send me some.


Subject: RE: Help, Lady Bugs have infested us
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Date: 27-Oct-00 05:39 PM EST

I bought some in the spring, 10,000 came in a wee little bag. Within the hour they were gone. There are alot more around now, this time they are free!


Subject: RE: Help, Lady Bugs have infested us
From: Coral
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Date: 28-Oct-00 10:49 AM EST

There are some natural insect predators out there that will eat the ladybugs. Try http://www.naturalinsectcontrol.com They sell all kinds of natural bug remedies. You can view their catalogue online or order a hardcopy online. You will get it in a couple of weeks. I just can't imagine "too many" ladybugs.


Subject: RE: Help, Lady Bugs have infested us
From: Claire-Ontario
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Date: 30-Oct-00 12:15 PM EST

Hi....sounds like this is the classic "be careful what you wish for" scenerio......

still, a few would be nice....I think you should find out how to "catch" them.....overwinter them ....and then sell them....a free business - no start up costs....what a dream.....


Subject: RE: Help, Lady Bugs have infested us
From: Kelly
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Date: 02-Nov-00 11:10 PM EST

I Love Lady Bugs. I think they are God's most precious insect.


Subject: RE: Help, Lady Bugs have infested us
From: Kelly
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Date: 03-Nov-00 07:31 AM EST

If you decide to start selling them let me know I will be your first customer. I would love to have some Lady Bugs. Im in Missouri and Ive seen one Lady Bug this past summer.


Subject: RE: Help, Lady Bugs have infested us
From: Dee
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Date: 03-Nov-00 10:22 PM EST

It's a case of supply and demand. If there isn't enough for the Lady Bugs to eat, they'll die.


Subject: RE: Help, Lady Bugs have infested us
From: Brian @ Prairie & Parkland Plants
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Date: 03-Nov-00 10:51 PM EST

Jensine; I would like to order some Lady Bugs from you. Please advise as to the cost per 1,000. Thank you.

A method of collection is to use a vacuum cleaner, a dustbuster can be used where you cant get your home vacuum or shop vac too.

Brian


Subject: RE: Help, Lady Bugs have infested us
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Date: 05-Nov-00 11:02 PM EST

Golly what a lucky person you are. Lady bugs are the finest thing for your garden pests. They certainly are better than any bug killer that you might purchase. I would love to have them invade my fruit trees and flowers. Garden lover. Just enjoy having them around. Had to have my say about them. Thank you


Subject: RE: Help, Lady Bugs have infested us
From: michelle
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Date: 11-Nov-00 06:03 PM EST

Lady bugs are said to be a sign of luck. I'd day "you're in."

I'm having trouble conceiving of these as pests to anyone. I bring them in to my home in the fall, as they eat all of the unwelcome, undetected pests on my house plants, without munching the leaves. Aside from the sad crunch of a stray one under foot when they fall off or run out of food, I can't think of anything bad to say about them.


Subject: RE: Help, Lady Bugs have infested us
From: Darlene
Zone: 2
Date: 12-Jun-01 02:02 PM EST

Yes if you can find a way to ship some of your ladybugs I would gladly take some off of your hands, I don't think that I would have the problem of them becoming infested. I don't think they would like our northern Yukon climate that much


Subject: RE: Help, Lady Bugs have infested us
From: pat
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Date: 15-Jun-01 10:37 PM EST

Can you tell me where you purchased your lady bugs from. I also love them, and would love to increase my supply. My backyard is an eden for bugs and I', trying to find natural solutions for controlling them.


Subject: RE: Help, Lady Bugs have infested us
From: Arne
Zone: 8
Date: 18-Jun-01 12:38 AM EST

Jensine:Hippodamia convergens (ladybugs). The reason they are so abundant is because they are a social insect and need each other to survive the winter. Ladybugs hibernate in mass usually in trees, under rocks,and even in electical outlets. There is no one reason why they pick one area over any other but as you well know they can be a nuisance. Short of using a pesticide on them which would be a crime in it's self I am not sure what a person could do to make it less hospitable for them to hibernate in your yard. I hope you can tolerate them as most people would love to have them around. I know here at the nursery we buy them every year and look at the bright side...they could be tent catapillers.


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