Monday, March 7, 2016
Grow Tip: Making a Ladybug House - by Ben Horner
As springtime comes pests like mites can get into the best contained grow rooms. Almost all experienced growers have encountered this from time to time. The key to not getting an outbreak of insect pests that likes to destroy crops. Organic botanical sprays and Neme Oil can be used on plants in the vegetative stage of growth to repel pests. However, just like when you use mosquito spray in the summer and still get bitten, the same goes for plants. Ladybugs are also a great preventative option. Ladybugs can eat up to 50 mites a day and are all-natural.
Unfortunately, ladybugs often die quickly in a grow room. To solve this problem, you can build a ladybug home that will protect your little red and black friends and give them a place to get it on and make babies.
To do this you will need:
1 Propagation tray
1 Transparent Plastic Dome
1 Thick Organic Sponge (water source)
Construction is easy. Simply pop off the adjustable vent flaps on the top of the plastic dome. Soak the sponge in filtered water, which will be the water source. Place the moist sponge in the propagation tray and sprinkle some raisins around it. Quickly open the ladybug container, place into the tray and cover with the dome. Try not to let too many ladybugs escape. You want them to get used to there home, eat some raisins and start humping before they venture out into the grow room.
Ladybugs have four stages of life; egg, larva, pupa and adult. If you are lucky, you will only have to buy ladybugs once, and spend less time dealing with unwanted pests.