NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Norfolk Botanical Garden released 5,000 ladybugs in greenhouses to keep pest insects away.
Vickie Pepper, Plant Propagator for Norfolk Botanical Garden, said the ladybugs were released in three different greenhouses Friday. The ladybugs will eat mainly aphids and mealybugs, known as piercing/sucking insects.
According to Pepper, the pest insects will drink fluids from the plants and in large populations, will destroy plants in the greenhouses.
"[They're] safer for the environment, safer for our workers," Pepper said. "If there's a safer option, a better option, a greener option, we would much prefer to use that."
The ladybugs will feed and reproduce, keeping the gardens greener by not using chemical pesticides.
A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.