The Q&A Archives: Lady Bug Houses?

Question: Is there such a thing as houses for Lady bugs? If so, where can I buy one?

Answer: Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a herd of resident Lady Bugs in your garden? Unfortunately, Lady Bugs hibernate in the winter months by flying to a protected spot in nearby foothills and congregating on a tree stump. In the spring they disperse to the lowlands to find a garden filled with nectar and aphids. Some of the imported, or Asian Lady Bugs, are cliff dwellers and find a high place to spend the winter months. Often this is the side of a building or under the eaves of a house, where they can become a real nuisance. Sensing the heat, Lady Bugs crawl into attics or walls where they remain active. When they get hungry, they crawl or fly through small openings, eventually getting into kitchens and livingrooms. People really don't appreciate sharing their homes with hundreds of Lady Bugs! You can attract Lady Bugs to your garden by growing lots of different kinds of flowers. They prefer ray-type flowers because it's easier for them to drink the nectar. Plant daisies, and dahlias, yarrow and Queen Anne's Lace just for them. Lady Bugs will stay in a garden that's full of food. If you're attracting beneficial insects, don't use chemical sprays in your garden, or you'll kill the good guys as well as the bad.

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