natural preditors for pest control

gardenyodaMay 16, 2014

I recently upgraded my basement green house to a larger more extravagant one. I have an ever growing aphid issue. I'd rather use a natural predator of the little green pests. Has anyone used lady bugs like this before?

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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

A very large number of greenhouses use both Lady Beetles (Lady Bugs) as well as Green Lacewings for Aphid control.
Look also at the soil and nutrients you are using since Aphids are attracted to plants that are being fed high amounts of Nitrogen.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2014 at 7:10AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

never heard of introducing bugs .... good or bad ... INSIDE the house ...

good luck with that ...

ken

    Bookmark   May 16, 2014 at 8:37AM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Greenhouse, ken. Greenhouse.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2014 at 1:51AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Just curious, what do you grow in your basement? It might make a difference regarding control.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2014 at 6:50AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

greenhouse in the BASEMENT jean ...

in my world.. that is INSIDE THE HOUSE... lol ..

unless he has some vapor lock second room entry and exit.. and uses a suit that remains inside... etc ...

i suspect there is a reason we havent been told the crop ...

ken

ps: prevention is worth all cure.. next time sterilize your media.. and dont bring the vermin in the house ...

    Bookmark   May 17, 2014 at 4:58PM
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ifraser25(z11 Brazil)

I'm going to go against the trend here, but IMHE natural predators are not a solution, especially in the situation you describe. You will be much better off spraying a soap solution. Good luck. Ian

    Bookmark   May 17, 2014 at 9:57PM
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plaidbird

Won't somebody think of the poor ladybugs.
Once they eat the aphids, they will starve to death. Sounds like a horrible way to die.

Bad karma man. :(

    Bookmark   May 19, 2014 at 9:24PM
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