Create a Lucky Ladybug Haven in Your Own Backyard
If you’re looking for a little extra luck this year, why not attract more ladybugs? What’s more lucky than a ladybug? There is a general consensus that these adorable spotted little critters bring good luck. Whether or not you consider yourself superstitious, it is undeniable that these small, but mighty, bugs are lucky for our plants and the health of our planet.
Why Help the Ladybugs? Ladybugs are phenomenal protectors of healthy ecosystems and plants. They mainly feed on the dreaded aphid, a small soft-bodied insect with sucking mouth pieces that feeds on nutrient rich plant sap. Aphids can cause critical damage to crops particularly if their population runs out of control. But have no fear the ladybug is here! Eating up to 50 aphids a day, the ladybug is an extremely effective biological controller of tiny soft bodied pests which can also include: flies, mites, scales, and thrips.
How to Get Started…
One of the best ways to protect your garden, whether it be a vegetable, herb or fruit, is to learn how to draw in ladybugs to do the work for you. A simple way to do so is by planting a variety of flowers, such as daisies, cosmos, and yarrow, that provide nectar and pollen drawing them in. Ladybugs also have a fondness for herbs, such as dill, fennel and cilantro.
Creating a Habitat: If you’d like to create a suitable abode for ladybugs, they do very well in ladybug houses. Also known as “hotels.” They can be constructed out of wood, a birdhouse or an online kit, packed with bamboo, or small sticks and leaves, to create safe nooks for the ladybugs to lay eggs. Place your ladybug house, or hotel, in a sunny protected spot. Ideally, about 3 feet above the ground, and in proximity to some of the pollen-heavy flowers.
Maintaining a Hospitable Environment:
Despite their hard work and adorable demeanor ladybugs are endangered by pesticides, habitat destruction and climate change. To protect these important insects, use environmentally-friendly pest control methods, such as releasing predatory insects or using natural repellents. As we’ve seen, habitat conservation is also crucial for ladybug protection, as these insects rely on specific types of plants for food and shelter.
Our Contribution CLEAN RESERVE Sparkling Sugar:
In order to do our part to save these precious pollinators and protectors, we’ve partnered with earthday.org and released our newest fragrance, CLEAN RESERVE Sparkling Sugar, in limited edition packaging to draw awareness to this precious pollinator and the impact they make on our environment. If a ladybug garden, or hotel isn’t in your future, treat yourself, and a ladybug, to this fun and flirty fragrance that pairs perfectly with a wink and a smile. Enjoy the beautiful balance of cassis berries, luscious peach nectar and soft pink sugar to add just the right amount of sweetness to your skin. Feel good and do better with every spritz! 🐞