praying mantis & lady bugs

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Post by teeko » Tue May 13, 2008 1:52 pm

Has anyone had luck with the store purchased praying mantis egg sacs?

All the lady bugs i have purchased, stay for a couple of days then leave. There is still food and i was told they might stay and mate, as long as there is food.

Has anyone used those "fly parasites"? That hunt flys?
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Post by foucault » Tue May 13, 2008 2:25 pm

I've never orderd them, but its mostly the immature lady bugs that eat the aphids/mites, so once they are "flying away", there somewaht useless (except for laying eggs, which they lay "on" a food source
both of these friends are better for indoors.

but the mantis, tho it eats fewer aphids/mites (esp when old and big) hangs around more, and can become territorial... better for grasshoppers. and those flying things... umm.. hoppers?
basically the lady bugs are more usefull, and the mantis more stable, and also a cool pet to take indoors for the winter...

Sulphur is pretty benign. dichotomous earth also (as long as you dont breath it), and soap or course... theres also "nemo" some oil from some tree ... check it out. 7ml of nemo does a liter of water, with a drop of soap as a surfactant. apply at sundown.. i think, ive never used it some newfangled thing..


is it mites you are fighting? hoppers?

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Post by teeko » Tue May 13, 2008 2:34 pm

a variety.
I have so many different plants growing, i have lots of pests.

mealy bugs, aphids, hoppers, stable flys, gnats, snails

thats what i have seen recently
but i have some N.rustica im planning on making a spray with...but i wanted to just use insects to fight insects
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Post by RifeHeretic » Tue May 13, 2008 3:00 pm

neem oil is by no means a newfangled thing :)

I'm an avid supporter of nematodes. They destroy the larva of harmful pests and improve soil health

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Post by DayLight » Tue May 13, 2008 5:37 pm

ladybugs usually just fly away.

i cannot remember the specifics, but it has something to do with instinct. i think they mate and then eat, so when you put them down they fly straight up.

you can actually buy pre-flown ladybugs to eliminate the problem.

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Post by foucault » Tue May 13, 2008 8:31 pm

RifeHeretic wrote:neem oil is by no means a newfangled thing :)

I'm an avid supporter of nematodes. They destroy the larva of harmful pests and improve soil health
ahh neem, now i know what im talking about :roll: thanks :D

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Post by fnord » Tue May 13, 2008 8:40 pm

Stick bugs wouldent happen to be benificia for pest control would they? ive got a tank that will soon have hundreds of the little buggers in it.

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Post by Kadakuda » Wed May 14, 2008 1:24 am

i use jumping spiders and geckos around here, they stick around...the geckos i feed. works good for larger prey like ants, flies butterflies etc.

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Post by teeko » Fri Jun 13, 2008 4:33 pm

The Mantis have risen!
After following the stores direction of keeping them indoors for a week, i decided to put them outside. About a month ago now it seems. I just noticed a BUNCH of Mantis guarding the garden, and now they are about 1 inch big! Amazing creatures!

Im going to go buy some more next week for the backyard! :)
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Post by organics » Sat Jun 14, 2008 12:29 pm

I've found that growing N. Rustica has two advantages.

1) Those hungry root-eating insects (termites in my parts) get wiped out when they start munching on the rustica roots. Also, you can make a spray from the foliage & whole plant.

2) Praying mantis' LOVE rusticas. I'm growing a very old strain so I have not dealt with any vendor rusticas, but they absolutely love mine. They seem to work off the stickiness of the rusticas, making it a nice home with a guaranteed dinner everyday.

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