Release purchased ladybugs only after sun down. Ladybugs navigate by the sun, in the evenings they tend to stay put. In the warm months, it helps to chill the ladybugsin the fridge before releasing them.
Ladybugs crawl rather than fly in colder temperatures and an overnight stay in the refrigerator won't harm them.
On heavily infested plants , drape a floating row cover or thin sheet over the plant and release the ladybugs underneath.
Within a day, the ladybugs will have found the aphids or other pests and will be happily dining.
Ladybugs prefer large pest populations to feast upon, which stimulates them to mate and reproduce.
When food is scarce adult ladybugs generally fly off, but their eggs then hatch and provide further control. (Both adults and larvae feed on insect pests.)
You can prevent ladybugs from flying away by 'gluing' their wings shut temporarily, with a sugar-water solution in a spray bottle, it really does work - temporarily. Spray it in the bag the ladybugs come in, as soon as it arrives.
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