Hi folks! Been away from ninja blogging for a short while with lots of busy happenings, but back now and I’m glad as I’ve missed posting. Astra came home the other day with a ‘surprise’ she proclaimed whilst handing me a A4 piece of paper folded into a 3D triangle. I was intrigued but also thought it may be a cute present from her pre schoolers, until she said open it – my eyes lit up when I saw this little dude crawling about inside! A LADYBIRD! The timing couldn’t have been better as I’d noticed that a few Aphids had started to appear on my new Chillies. (They do seem to arrive out of nowhere and it’s one of the very few things I have a almost irrational hatred for, oooh hatred seemed a bit strong when I typed it, ah well, in their stupid wee green faces!)
I’ve always wanted to try a totally organic way of protecting my Chillies from infestation and I had read that there is none better than a ladybird. Apart from being a lovely looking creature altogether, they can eat hundreds of Aphids and other pests during the course of a day. This little guy got to work almost instantly when I put it on the plant and when I came back later there was zero Aphids left so I moved it onto another of my Chillies.
The LB seemed very at home and explored every surface on the plant. Aphids like to prey on the small delicate leaves so often it is really hard to get all of them when you are picking them off or spraying but it’s no problem to this guy.
In the past I’ve tried various methods of pest control and I’ve even made my own organic spray but this is definitely my favourite and the most effective in my eyes. I love the no nonsense approach and it’s a win win for all parties, my Chillies are Aphid free and the Ladybird gets loads to munch as well as having a cool place to hang out.
Have any of you tried this method or do you have any other great pest control ideas.
Oh, I’m trying a new gallery thingy at the bottom of each new post (just click on one of the images) let me know what you think, thanks! Chilli Ninja.