Because scale became so pervasive in my beds, I need to do a lot more than just knocking them off with the spray of a hose. I wanted to approach the problem organically without the use of pesticides, if possible because it can affect the population of native beneficial insects. As an alternative to applying an organic pesticide, I wanted to release ladybugs in each of the beds to see if they would help.
Why ladybugs? Ladybugs are beneficial insects that eat aphids, mealybugs, scale and other soft-bodies insects in the garden. They are attracted to pollen rich flowers that are light and bright in color. While my garden has some native ladybugs, the scale problem is growing by the week and I likely don't have enough to combat the problem.