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THE LADYBUG SHORTAGE

WINTER OF 2017

Why no one is selling ladybugs at this  time  Usually at this time of year there is an abundance of ladybugs but not this year.  There was the beginning of a shortage late in June before the wildfires began.  It was a bit harder to find bugs to harvest but it wasn't severe enough to limit sales. Then came the wildfires.  95% of the ladybugs sold come from California and California has suffered from drought conditions which along with overharvesting by a few greedy wholesalers has caused the shortage, add to that the many thousands of forest acreage destroyed by the fires and the shortage has become bad enough that almost every place that was selling ladybugs is no longer selling them. Even the wholesalers are out    or have raised their prices so much the ladybugs  are not affordable at this time.  I have seen them advertised for as high as $125.00 for 1500.  Word right now is there should be more bugs available towards the end of October.  That is when , in the past, ladybugs were harvested to last through the winter until the spring harvest in March or April.  Myself, I don't see the logic in that, if there are no bugs to harvest now, what is going to change in October?  Wait and see I guess.