The subject that you never see mentioned in the adds for ladybugs but should be. Let's be honest
here, it doesn't matter where you buy your bugs, whether it be from the local nursery, at an online hardeware store or from
ebay or amazon or anywhere else, you will get some dead bugs in the package that holds your purchase. For the moment,
I'm going to refer only to online purchases where shipping is invoved. I have been shipping items for over 12 years
and ladybugs in particular for almost 5 years. I have shipped tens of thousands of packages containing ladybugs to just
about every state including Alaska and Hawaii. I recently shipped one to Puerto Rico (bad idea). During the past
year, I put together a panel of 12 people in various parts of the country that I send a package of ladybugs to on a monthly
basis. Each package has some unique quality to it that may or may not add to the quality and efficency in shipping, with hopefully
the results being less DOA ladybugs. A 15 to 20 percent death rate , though not ideal, is not that unusual.
That is why most dealers add an extra 25 % of bugs to your purchase. Death rates above that can usually be attributed
to the package being left in a mailbox. Towards the end of the season the death rates increase because the bugs have depleted
their body fat that they had built up. From March through part of June increasing amounts of doa's must be expected. UPDATE
11/01/10: This year we had very minimal DOA's, less than .02%. We allways offer free replacement bugs on any DOA shipment.
UPDATE 01/08/2012: We have had a remakable winter with no DOA bugs being reported during November,
December and part of January. We are going for a NO DOA year this time.