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July 28th, 2009, 10:41 AM
last year the earwigs were killing my dahlia but i sprayed it and it recovered abit... this year i still have earwigs btu they are more undercontrol but the aphids this year are on all of my petunias..... does anyone knwo where they come from? mayeb if i can target teh cause of this infastation it iwll be easier to control it. I spreay my plants no regularly and its helping but it was just one hanging plant and now its all my petunias...

July 28th, 2009, 10:49 AM
Shortage of ladybugs this year is contributing to an explosion in the aphid population. We had loads of them earlier in the spring, but have since had an influx of ladybugs and they're under control again. They really are annoying plant sucking pests.


July 28th, 2009, 11:15 AM
Any ideas how to encourage ladybugs?

Dog Dancer
July 28th, 2009, 01:03 PM
Lady bugs like to have a water supply and food (aphids). That said I don't know how to attract them to the yard. I did buy a bag of ladybugs a couple years ago and then I left trays of water out around all the plants I wanted them to hang out on. It worked well, but eventually many will fly away.

July 28th, 2009, 01:22 PM
You can buy a bag of ladybugs? learn new things every day...

Where can i get them? i have got to try... there are just so many aphids and my city garden is so small that every few flowers that they eat means a big chunck of my garden is done with...

July 28th, 2009, 02:51 PM
Here's a page from a Canadian government website about how to control aphids.

Many neat ideas!

July 30th, 2009, 12:06 AM
We get them on our bushes up here and I just spray a hard spray of water on them and that kills them as they are soft bodied.