Regina un­leashes army of lady­bugs to con­trol pests

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

The city of Regina is about to re­lease a red-and­black aerial ar­se­nal to help con­trol some com­mon pests.

Of­fi­cials plan to un­leash an army of lady­bugs 300,000 strong to wage an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly war against other in­sects, in­clud­ing aphids. Ex­perts say the lady­bugs will help re­duce the need for pes­ti­cides in the city.

Some of the polka-dot­ted bugs are to be re­leased in Vic­to­ria Park on Thurs­day. In May, Regina brought in a herd of 100 goats to graze on in­va­sive weeds and re­duce the need for her­bi­cides.

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