One of the most beneficial insects in our garden, eating scale, aphids and munching on pollen. Ladybirds love helping to keep gardens healthy, but they don't like chemicals, nor are they keen on pyrethrum or garlic sprays. These are easily toxic to ladybirds, using sprays will remove them from your garden, and start a cycle where sprays need to be used, rather than nature's cleaners.
We wonder how to keep them in the garden, simple really, we create a ladybird habitat. They need food, water and shelter to thrive, hibernating in the cooler months. You can build a shelter, or leave bark around, dense vegetation and suitable trees. Don't forget they need water, watering in the morning is perfect for ladybirds. If you see ladybirds huddled around plant stems, then you know they love their environment. We've made them comfortable, and now we have to feed them, these lovers of bright colours, big flat flowers filled with pollen, and scaley stems, or big blobs of aphids ripe for the picking. They adore herbs, so lots of dill, fennel or caraway will keep them happy. Another way to provide food is the use of decoy plants like cabbage, nasturtiums or radishes. Feed them well, and they will repay you many times over.