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By Tom Kalb
NDSU Extension horticulturist 

Dakota Gardener: Do not buy ladybugs


June 19, 2023

The ladybug is a gardener’s best friend.

This beneficial insect is like the sheriff in our gardens, protecting our plants from aphids and other bad bugs.

Ladybugs have voracious appetites, too. One ladybug can eat 50 aphids a day and over 5,000 aphids in its lifetime.

Although ladybugs are our friends, don’t buy them for your garden. You will be wasting your money.

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