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doccat5 02-03-2009 07:47 AM

Good Bug Chow
Here are recipes you can make at home to attract the good guys to your garden. This mix is enjoyed by adult lacewings, ladybugs, parasitic wasps and others.

Good Bug Chow
Mix all the following ingredients together in a glass or plastic container:
2/3 cup of warm water
4 tablespoons of brewer's yeast
2 teaspoons of honey
1/2 cup of sugar

To use: Take 2 tablespoons of the mix and dilute it in 1 quart of lukewarm water. Use this solution to spray on plants in the spring and early part of summer. Remember don't spray plants when temperatures are over 80F. Store the mixture in a sealed container in the refrigerator so it won't go rancid. It will keep for 7-10 days. The sugar in it is actually good for your plants.

Sugar-Water SprayMix together very thoroughly these ingredients:
32 ounces of warm water
5 ounces of white sugar

Apply as needed to your plants when aphids and other soft bodied are a nuisance.

Research done at Utah State University indicates that spraying this sugar-water solution in the center of an alfalfa field increased the ladybug population in one to two days by 200% to 1300%.

TheLorax 02-03-2009 11:39 PM

What kind of lady bugs come to visit?

doccat5 02-04-2009 06:48 AM

Hmm, I'm not sure, maybe I should be checking for ID? The red with black spot type is all I can tell ya. And they're friendly.

sprucetree 03-21-2014 10:29 PM

Well I'm thinking it would be good for plants: Those of you who put up hummingbird feeders could find throwing the old stuff on plants a good thing

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