Ladybugs are the cornerstone of organic cannabis farming. Ladybugs are an amazing gift to farmers, as they consume many of the bugs which harm cannabis. These beautiful little red and black spotted bugs are a pleasure to work with in a marijuana garden, indoors or outdoors. They are the perfect compliment to a well thought-out and managed grow area.
Ladybugs are a beneficial insect. They consume insects that may harm your cannabis, including mites, aphids, scale insects, white flies and pretty much all soft bodied insects. They are warriors on our side in the ever-growing battle between growers and evil cannabis-eating bugs.
What do ladybugs need to survive?
- Water, but they are picky little sippers, and prefer a soaked sponge to a water bowl. Although, many ladybug keepers recommend a small soda cap or similar of sugar water also. This will help compliment the diet of bugs that are in your cannabis soil.
- Raisins, banana slices, persimmon, honey, lettuce, and other sweet, non-acidic fruits are also preferred by your ladybug friends.
Be careful not to scare or hurt your lady bugs, as their defense mechanism is an excretion of their yellowish blood, which smells bad. Treat them with respect and they will be your ladies best girlfriends, keeping harmful mites and aphids from maintaining a population in your soil.
If you’re not ready to use all of your lady bugs, keep them in the refrigerator, and they will slow down, living for a longer period. I release them in waves for my grow tents. I also only introduce them at “night”, when the lights are off, so that the heat doesn’t shock them. They also have a tendency to fly into the light, it’s a sad fact of ladybug life, but be sure to clean up all the dead carcasses. When the grow is almost over, I take all the remaining lady bugs and release them to the wild. If you’re running another grow, keep the community going. The larvae of ladybugs are some of the best enemies of aphids and mites, supposedly decimating populations before they grow wings.
Have fun with your ladybug friends, and we wish you the best of luck with your grow!