How to Attract Ladybugs to Your Yard in Israel

Every gardener wishes that they had ladybugs in their yard!

Besides being iconic and adorable, ladybugs are voracious munchers of those pesky aphids.

But how can we get these cute and hungry guests into our gardens?

It’s not that easy, especially in the city.

But BH we finally succeeded in creating a thriving ladybug colony in our little backyard in Ramat Beit Shemesh.

In this video I explain how we did it.

(Hint: we did NOT buy them, nor do we recommend buying. I explain why in the video)🐞

Ladybug image by Gilles San Martin from Namur, Belgium – Coccinella magnifica, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7694675

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My name is Naomi and this is my tiny little farm in the heart of the rapidly growing city of Beit Shemesh, Israel. I enjoy growing, making and processing as much of my families own food and household essentials as possible, while nurturing a biodiverse ecosystem filled with beauty and life. 

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5 Comments

  1. Ilene Wieselthier on June 3, 2021 at 2:11 pm

    Could not open your video. I miss and love my lady bugs from the States. I was told to buy them from Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu but I don’t like ordering anythng live, including plants, through the mail, especially in Israel, unfortunately. My lemon tree is infested with spider mites and sucking it dry, poor dear. They may affect my pomelo tree if I do not take action. Is there an organic spray I could use? How do I attract lady bugs (parot Moshe?) to my little garden? They will have plenty of bugs to feast upon. Thanks, Blooma. Yaasher koach and continued hatzlacha.

    • Bloomah on June 3, 2021 at 3:00 pm

      Thanks Ilene
      Try the dropbox version of the video.
      I think it will answer your ladybug questions.
      https://www.dropbox.com/s/5wwdq044ems7s9o/ladybugs.mp4?dl=0

      But if you have an urgent problem you will need to do something with immediate results.
      Sorry I don’t know of any sprays off hand.
      Maybe google “organic treatment of spider mites”?

  2. Ilene Wieselthier on June 3, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    Dropbox worked.Thanks SO much. Now, I must plant sheva and fennel, any other suggestions, or will these plants be steppng stones to attract my ladies? Isn’t sheva poisonous (to eat by humans)?

    • Bloomah on June 3, 2021 at 3:16 pm

      Sheba is very bitter and pungent. I can’t imagine anyone accidently munching on it.
      But it is considered medicinal as a tea. I myself have drunk it with no ill effects. I can’t say it’s super tasty though!
      Both Sheba and Fennel were key to our success but having that wild corner of the garden was essential too. It’s not very big – just 1mX1.5m.
      A few chameleons also live in there. Maybe they’re eating ladybugs now? Hopefully there’s enough to go around. Even ladybugs can get out of control if they have no natural predators!

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