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GammaDee Mar 29, 2008 10:29 pm

Lady bugs
Hello, Fellow gardeners.
I would like to know if any of you have ever ordered lady bugs by mail, to control insects in your garden?
If you have, how well did they work, and do you have to order each year?

Also, do any of you roast tomatoes for cooking?


miker Mar 29, 2008 11:15 pm

Donna, you normally have to order ladybugs for 2 years in a row to complete the reproductive cycle of them( long drawn out explanation), but your best bet is to find someone who sells praying mantis egg cases, they come back year after year, after one initial growth or hatching, they are the most efficeint garden predators anyone can introduce, and roasted tomatoes are essential in all of my Italian cooking,mike

GammaDee Mar 29, 2008 11:42 pm

Thanks Mike.
Mike can you freeze the roasted tomtatoes for later use?


miker Mar 29, 2008 11:47 pm

Yes, but they have to be totally cooled Donna, and basically drained of all moisture possible,mike

miker Mar 30, 2008 12:05 am

Donna, if ya want pm me your address, I can send ya some praying mantis egg cases, I have dozens of em around here,mike

miker Mar 30, 2008 10:26 am

George, I bought 2 egg cases four years ago, and released them in the garden, my insect problems are pretty much gone, and now I find 30 to 40 cases a year around the house and yard,mike

GammaDee Mar 30, 2008 10:58 am

Thanks Mike.
I have a ? they spary for mosquitoes here, will that kill off the Mantis?


miker Mar 30, 2008 11:25 am

Donna, Mantis normally live on shrubs, plants bushes and so forth, so if they spray for mosquito's on them, then yes it will kill the mantis'es also,mike

GammaDee Mar 30, 2008 11:53 am

Thanks Mike, I am going to check in to posting , no sparying zone. Do you think that would help much?

miker Mar 30, 2008 12:20 pm

That would help to notify the sprayers, not to spray,so that would work,mike

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