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Ladybugs are a gardener's best friend!

Not only are ladybugs super cute, they are useful in the garden.  Ladybugs will kill many common pests, so throw away that pesticide and set some ladybugs loose in your garden!

Ladybugs will prey on aphids, mites, mealybugs, and more.

You can order ladybugs at GardensAlive! They are a great company with plenty of environmentally responsible solutions for your garden.

Once you've got the ladybugs release them at night, and release between 10 and 20 ladybugs per 100 square feet of your garden.   You can keep the ladybugs in the fridge for about a week in case it's windy or if you don't have time to release them.

There are also ways to attract ladybugs.  Ladybugs are also attracted to marigolds.  Marigolds are GREAT to have in your garden because they also keep away pests!  This year I planted some marigolds around my veggie gardens.

Remember to water often.  Ladybugs seek out water.