How to keep mantids in my garden.

Reply Fri 25 Jun, 2004 11:14 am
Does anyone know how to keep the mantids from straying out of the garden? I hatched about 400, and now I'm down to about 15 or 20. They have available food sources, I have a small organic garden, so the aphids are there for the taking. What should I do?

Has anyone here ever used ladybugs before?

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Reply Fri 25 Jun, 2004 11:32 am

Welcome to A2K.

Your mantis hatchlings undoubtedly redistributed themselves to take advantage of the food supply in your neighborhood. Consider yourself a public benefactor.

Had they all stayed in your garden, they might have wound up eating each other.

Horrid Holiday Moments include a Preying Mantis egg case in the centerpiece hatching and the dear little bugs devouring each other on the Thanksgiving feast.

Yes, ladybugs eat aphids both your aphids and your neighbors' aphids.
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Reply Fri 2 Jul, 2004 11:00 am

Thank you for the welcome!
I recently looked, and about a handfull of mantids have relocated to my raised bed garden, that's surrounded by garlic plants. Strange that they would be in the raised bed, there's less bugs there than in my asparagus and eggplant patch.
oh, well.

Thanks for the input.
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Reply Fri 2 Jul, 2004 02:38 pm
Lol! That have minds of their own.

Here, roses keep them busy and well fed, because aphids adore roses.

But I guess you want them in the vegetables?

I came here to tell you not to use poison sprays - but you are obviously well ahead of me!
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