Girl Scouts assign small hunters to fight garden pests

The ladybird beetle is a deadly predator for beetles and other garden pests, but for 8-year-old Eastport Grace Bulanovsky, it burns a little.

The oval-shaped insect, often known as the female worm, is so good at eliminating horrible bugs that it can eat up to 5,000 aphids each in its lifetime.

That’s why Grace, Girl Scout Junior, along with East North Port 2399, and about 60 other Suffolk County Girl Scouts helped spread the Beetle on Sunday in Pinelain Memorial Park and Arborum compound.

“They are hanging on,” she said as her soul drew in her arms. “Then they will shake them in the forest.”

The 500-hectare cemetery and garden will regularly host free public education events, including four previous ladybug releases.

Using natural pesticides as a pesticide will prevent the pineapple from commercial pesticides, said Pinela’s land supervisor Fred Hoffman.

“They prevent us from spraying the garden with any chemical,” Hoffman told the Scouts, who had gathered at Hyderabad, the host, and the catheter bed to release the bed bugs. “We have beetles running around to eat lice.”

According to the Suffolk County Cornell Cooperative Expansion, aphids are small, often green insects.

Scouts between the ages of 5 and 14 had questions, including one curious girl who asked why some ants were giving each other pigs. Another wanted to find out where the panel had found so many beetles.

Hoffman told them that when he took the pineapple ladies directly from the laboratories, there was a shortage of wildfires in the West Coast this year. Instead, he said, a limited number of insects have been ordered from Amazon vendors.

“We got as much as we could,” Hoffman said.

The Scouts have taken some additional snake facts, including how to look at the stages of the life cycle (eggs, larvae, papayas and adult beetles) and how to protect their prey from predators. And although some thought those dots could tell the age of a bed bug, Hoffman told the group the truth.

“That was a fairy tale,” said Victoria Galli, 32, of the Troop 32, which is affiliated with the South Huntington School District.

Officials say the Scouts can use what they have learned for surfaces such as the Branny Bugs Badge or Junior Insect Badge.

“Girl Scouts are about community service and the environment and this is the perfect way to get involved,” said Grace’s mother and military leader, East Northport.


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