Beneficial insects are a great way to control pest problems for indoor and outdoor gardens. In particular, Lady Bug beetles are one of the best to consider as they eat most soft body insects including mites, aphids, thrips, white flies and many others. One question that we are asked often is how to keep Lady Bug beetles that are released into a garden from flying directly into the lights.
Lady Bugs will fly away from plants for two main reasons, if either their food or water supply is depleted they will take wing. First, give Lady Bugs a water supply by misting your plants down with plain water. And second, a neat way to keep them from flying away, is to lightly mist the Lady Bugs with a water and soda mixture before you release them into your garden. We recommend a 3 to 1 ratio of water to soda. This mixture will make their wings sticky and unable to open all the way, preventing them from flying. After misting, place the Lady Bugs directly on the infected plants and they will have no choice but to take care of your pest problem.
Use these tricks with beneficial insects and you will be able to get rid of your pest problem quickly and naturally without the use of chemical pesticides. And remember, never use pesticides with beneficial insects; you don’t want to kill off the beneficials before they do their job!