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Ladybugs Released in Hop Yard at Empire Farm Brewery

ladybug release

ladybug release

Today we employed thousands of mail order ladybugs to aid with pest control in our hop yard.  Ladybugs are known as “beneficials” or insects that only eat landscape pests.  Their life cycle, from egg to adult, takes 4-7 weeks.  Adult ladybugs and their larvae will help to rid the yard of mites and other harmful pests.  In addition to the ladybug release we also sprinkled a mite predator called Neoseiulus fallacis, these hard to see bugs are highly effective in eradicating spider mites.  We can sleep easy tonight knowing these little guys are hard at work keeping our hops pest (and chemical) free!