Beneficial Insects

A healthy beneficial insect population will naturally keep your local ecosystem in balance.


Mason Bees

2017 Availability: They're here!

Looking more like a fly than a typical bee, Mason Bees do the tough work of pollinating the late-winter crops and nearly all the fruit trees before it's warm enough for the honeybees. Plus, this beneficial bee does't sting!  

Mason Bee Houses - We have a full selection of Mason Bee houses and accessories to give your new bees a home. 

Place cocoons and homes in a sheltered spot facing east. Protect from rain and wind for best results. 


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Ladybugs

2017 Availability: They're here!

Ladybugs wage a lifelong (as long as three years!) crusade against aphids, wherever they may hide!

Keep the ladybugs refrigerated until your ready to release them. Dusk is the best time because they will be less likely to fly away. Also watering down the surrounding plants will give them a much needed drink. 


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Praying Mantis

2017 Availability: They're here!

Praying Mantis are the jet fighters of the insect-eating world, eating azalea lace bugs, moths, flies, grasshoppers, and also aphids! 

A single egg case can have between 75 and 200 baby mantis' ready feed!


Nematodes

2017 Availability: They're here!

Nematodes are the unsung heroes of beneficial insects. These microscopic organisms seek out and destroy vine and root weevils, flea larvae, cutworms, and crane fly larvae!