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The Hindu : Front Page : Ladybugs to the rescue in New York

Ladybugs to the rescue in New York

NEW YORK: Ladybugs, 720,000 ladybugs of them, have been released in New York City to help protect one of the city's biggest apartment complexes from pests.

In the next days and weeks, they will crawl into plants, flowers and shrubs in the Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village complex in search of insects whose smell attracts them. Buying the bugs — at $16.50 for 2,000 — means the complex's owner, Tishman Speyer, can avoid using chemical insecticides.

"In most cases, we reach for a can of pesticide — and we kill not only the 'bad guys,' but the 'good guys'," said Eric Vinje, owner of Planet Natural, which supplied the pest-killers.

He said a ladybug can eat up to 50 pests a day, plus insect eggs.— AP

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