The Great Ladybug Release at Watters Garden Center

03/23/2017 | Ken Davis Bugs, In the Garden, Press Release

Thousands of delicate, voracious hunters will be unleashed on unsuspecting pests at Watters Garden Center April 7, 8, and 9 at 2pm. Ladybugs are the most natural way to control aphids, scales, mealy bugs, white flies and mites NATURALLY! No deadly pesticides required!

These colorful carnivores can eat 60 aphids per day, and live for years in the garden consumer over 5,000 garden pest in a lifetime.

These pint-sized powerhouses keep gardens insect free by just having lunch in your garden. No spraying, no chemicals, and NO WORK required!

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 7-9, garden friends are invited to Watters Garden Center and learn more about these miniature marvels. After a quick educational tour each student, young and old, will be given their own container of ladybugs to release back into the wild here at the garden center. There will be great photo opportunities so bring a camera and your grandchildren for a garden good time.

Donations will be taken during the release and donated to the Lost Ladybug Project, and further education. Watters Garden Center will match all local donations along with $2 from the sale of each tub of ladybugs sold to individuals over the weekend.

The Great Ladybug Event also features plants known to attract pollinators and ladybugs alike. Watters will introduce new red blooming plants known to attract hummingbirds into local landscapes, along with kids face-painting, corn-hole contest, and fun for all ages all weekend long. Ladybugs are release promptly at 2pm each day. 

Ladybug Facts, Tips and Interest

1. Ladybugs aren’t technically bugs… they’re beetles! The Ladybird Beetle, to be exact. They have hard shells that hide their wings, and no beak-like mouth parts like bugs have.

2. Ladybugs have a secret weapon! When threatened, they secrete a fluid from the joints in their legs that gives them a bad taste. They can also play dead.

3. Ladybugs hibernate! They seek shelter when the weather cools, usually in protected areas under leaves or behind bark. Thousands of ladybugs can gather in the same place to keep each other warm.

4. Ladybugs are everywhere! Ladybugs can be found anywhere in the world that has available food and temperatures that aren’t freezing.