ladybugs indoors?

BatsukamanMay 22, 2013

I don't have an outdoor garden, but I have tons of edibles growing in my bedroom containers. I was aphid-free for a while but alas, they finally got in and are having a blast. I've been picking them off and squishing them to death whenever I see them, but it seems like every time I look there are more than there were last time. I can't spray the plants down with a hose and I doubt I could really get them all with insecticidal spray. Do you think I might be able to use ladybugs indoors? If so, any tips on catching/keeping them?

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

what are you trying to grow indoors? And under what conditions?

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 11:10PM
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kimpa(z6b PA)

I dont think the ladybugs would thrive indoors and could cause more problems for you like poop spots on the walls etc. They would likely try and fly away which is what they often do when people release them into their gardens,

    Bookmark   May 23, 2013 at 5:49AM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

Many people think they need to use a garden hose and nozzle to knock the Aphids off their plants and that is not what you really want to do since that can do damage to the plants if due care is not used. I have used a 1 quart spray bottle with very good results for years, the only problem is my hand gets tired sometimes from squeezing the pump.
You could also use your shower.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2013 at 7:13AM
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lvpc

The ladybugs generally eat other insects. Sounds almost like you may have a deeper problem!

Here is a link that might be useful: Las Vegas Pest Control

    Bookmark   May 23, 2013 at 11:20AM
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