The City of Regina distributed about 500,000 lady bugs throughout the cityThursday with the help of several hundred kids.
About 250,000 of the lady bugs were distributed around Victoria park, with another 250,000 given to kids to take home to try to attack the aphid population in Regina.
City spokesperson Russell Eirich said aphid’s leave a honeydew sap on people’s cars.
“If it’s left on the ground, it will produce a bit of a city mold, or it will also attract wasps and ants and that sort of thing.”
Eirich said this teaches kids nature has ways of controlling pests.
“It does help us reduce our reliance on pesticides, and that’s kind of what we’re trying to teach the kids, that when you’re trying to control things in nature that there is more than one option that just your usual pesticide.”
Eirich also gave a mosquito update, saying the numbers are on the way down due to a change in generation.
The city observed 23 mosquitoes per trap in the city, compared to 374 mosquitoes per trap outside of the control zone.