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The problem, and -hopefully-, the answer

Posted by
CElliottUK (Reading, United Kingdom) on 19 July 2011 in Animal & Insect.

Every year, my runner beans get attacked by aphids. I don't use chemicals, so I try washing them off, or squeezing/scraping them off with my fingers
This year I thought I would try buying some ladybirds, to see if they have an effect.
They turn up in in a plastic box full of Cherios that both protects them, and acts as food.
I'll tell you in a month or so if this solution works...

Panasonic DMC-TZ20 1/100 second F/6.3 ISO 400 24 mm (35mm equiv.)

mayoline from Hoorn, Netherlands

That's very clever of you Chris, hopefully it helps!!

19 Jul 2011 5:55am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Interesting experiment, Chris. Ladybirds in a box of breakfast cereal - now that is different!

19 Jul 2011 6:14am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Interesting, Christine uses a similar technique on the Red Spider Mite in the polytunnel. Her's arrive in a plastic tube with no food, hopefully they are so hungry they go straight to work.

19 Jul 2011 6:21am

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

WoW! Would never have thought of that

19 Jul 2011 6:47am

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

This should work, depending on the amount of aphids I guess;-))
(The Cherios remind me of fried Calamares.......:-)

19 Jul 2011 6:49am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Isn't it sad we have to buy ladybirds, I hope they boom in population and you have lots in your garden nxt year. You certainly have a severe aphid attack the ladybirds may have to call in reserves, how many in the tub?

19 Jul 2011 7:01am

@Christine: I bought them here, and went for the 25 adult option

Philip from Reading, United Kingdom


19 Jul 2011 7:30am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I see a scout is already out doing a survey. Best check any breakfast cereals you have in the kitchen, Chris - the troops can fly and are known by-pass the aphids in favor of folic acid and fiber direct.

19 Jul 2011 7:35am

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Lovin the cheerios.

19 Jul 2011 7:53am

Sally from Glasgow, United Kingdom

fantastic but be warned, the little buggers can bite. we got caught in a ladybird swarm on a french beach a few years ago. would rather not repeat that.

19 Jul 2011 8:43am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Now who would have thought ladybirds would like Cheerios. Not much like aphids are they. I think perhaps you need Gordon:) Nicotine is an acceptable organic spray so if the ladybirds don't work and you know a smoker get his old fag ends and soak them in water. Sieve out the fag ends add a little washing up liquid to break the surface tension of this disgusting brew and spray your beans.

19 Jul 2011 9:00am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

An excellent solution, ladybugs will be a treat :) Good day.

19 Jul 2011 9:07am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Free ladybirds with your cornflakes?
You'll have to tell us which supermarket is promoting these.

19 Jul 2011 9:12am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

£17 a box, it's cheaper to buy runner beans!

19 Jul 2011 9:13am

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

I would have never thought you could buy ladybirds. I saw our petshop is selling tadpoles - what next!

19 Jul 2011 9:37am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Interesting.. hope it works.

19 Jul 2011 9:42am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

I see #25 has escaped her cherio prison and after the good stuff. Hope it works.

19 Jul 2011 9:53am

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Looks like the ladybugs like the cherios. The aphids look like a terrible infestation !

19 Jul 2011 10:58am

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

Very interesting - will you take away the Cherios so that they eat the aphids?

19 Jul 2011 12:22pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wonderful shot and information - glad to see you using organic methods.

19 Jul 2011 2:18pm

myky from Ontario, Canada

Aphids are such nasty little pests...ladybugs are also sold for that problem over here, but not in cheerios...that's interesting! Good luck!

19 Jul 2011 2:18pm

Don from Spokane, United States

An interesting shot of your experiment that hopefully will solve your problem. Keep us posted.

19 Jul 2011 2:25pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

das war eine gute Idee, hoffentlich hilft es.

19 Jul 2011 4:49pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

watching this with interest...

you may want to buy a plum tree. Aphids launch a nuclear level attack on the new growth of my plum tree every year, but helpfully leave my runner beans well alone and with no small amount of plums either!

19 Jul 2011 6:30pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

I hope the best for you and your beans. I really like those ideas - not immediately destroy pests with poison.

19 Jul 2011 7:20pm

ursulakatariina from Greenock, United Kingdom

If I had a garden, I'd buy loads of ladybirds there!

19 Jul 2011 8:17pm

David from Avranches, France

Great idea.

19 Jul 2011 8:26pm

The Dark Dude from Maestoso, United Kingdom

hey dude
nice shot
wow, you get Ladybird Cheerios now too?
man, the dudelings will be smackin their lips...

19 Jul 2011 8:35pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Good luck.

19 Jul 2011 9:20pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

haha i thought the problem was going to be the ladybirds are stealing your onion rings.... lol. Interesting approach to making sure you get your home grown produce ;)

19 Jul 2011 9:47pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Love the little ladybugs. Hopefully they'll do the job for you!

19 Jul 2011 9:53pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Great idea. Nice shot. Interesting experiment. Hopefully this will work ... :)

20 Jul 2011 2:52am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Wow, that is a lot of aphids! Hope the ladybugs eat em up!

20 Jul 2011 1:16pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

Everything wants to live - doesn't it? Survival - that's the main intent of any species. All three of these guys, the plants the aphids and the ladybugs. Perfect example of the cycle of life - well, that's if the ladybugs eat the aphids... (ours do) - if not just a perfect example of the three of them eating whatever they can. : )
Squirrels, Opossums and mold got nearly everything I planted a few years back.
Our ladybugs just sat and watched that happen. Great shot.

20 Jul 2011 4:37pm

☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

well yes, just wash your hands with soap in a basin of soapy water recover and fill a spray bottle of some kind. A helping pchitt every day until disappearance of aphids.
take care

21 Jul 2011 5:26am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Ladybirds works like a charm against aphids. What also works beautiful are Chrysoperla larvae. When I worked in an eco-food shop we were selling them in little crinkled paper sheet, just place it in the plants and they´ll eat up all aphids in days. Funny thing is, only the larvae of chrysoperla eat aphids - the adults are vegetarians.

7 Aug 2011 9:09am

Panasonic DMC-TZ20
1/100 second
ISO 400
24 mm (35mm equiv.)