Green Lacewings garden pest predator
Lacewings Small

Lacewings consume a wide range of common pests, such as aphids, mites, mealy bug, whitefly, scale insects and some moth eggs and caterpillars. They are particularly effective against aphids.

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The Green Lacewing is a native to Australia and is found throughout all states. It is an effective predator of a range of insects commonly found in home gardens, especially aphids. The 'small garden' pack contains approximately 400 larvae.
Green lacewings are one of the most widespread, native predators in Australia. Whilst they are most active in warmer regions, they can tolerate a wide range of climates including greenhouses.

Lacewings, as with most predators and parasites, work best in gardens where a mixture of plants are growing. This ensures a range of insects will be available to sustain a population when pest numbers are low, and also provide alternative food sources such as nectar.
Lacewings are despatched from the insectary via Express Post. As a general rule, the punnets can be kept for 2 to 3 days in a cool (but not cold) place prior to release. Lacewings can be cannibalistic, so leaving them for too long will reduce the number of larvae. Full instructions on using the lacewings are sent by email prior to delivery. 

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) relies on a range of activities to reduce pests. IPM does not aim to totally eliminate pests, as this is neither natural nor desirable. IPM seeks to achieve a balance between all organisms in the garden, and releasing good bugs helps maintain this balance

 

Lacewings are despatched from the insectary with the aim of release within a few days. The punnets can be kept for 2 to 3 days in a cool place (18oC to 22oC) without any adverse effects. Lacewings will move to the top of the punnet, so punnets should be inverted each day to keep the larvae well distributed.

Lacewing larvae are cannibalistic, so leaving them for too long will reduce the overall number of insects.  The packaging material keeps them separated, and food is supplied in the tubs to reduce this activity prior to normal release times.

To release the lacewings, simply distribute the contents of the punnets evenly amongst the foliage of the plants being targeted.  Ensure all material is removed from the punnet, as several lacewings will likely hang onto the plastic.  In IPM, every bug counts!

For best results, release bugs in the afternoon or early evening, as they are less active at night and more likely to stay near the release site.  Release as close to the target pests as possible, as this will also further increase the success of pest control. Avoid releasing the Lacewings during heavy rain, high wind or extreme temperatures.

Do not release lacewings if pesticides have been used recently, and avoid using any pesticides for at least 2 weeks after release. Pesticides including fungicides should be avoided if no specific information is provided on their safety to beneficials.

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