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Tenodera ardefolia sinensis, Praying Mantis, preys on most insects, mites and insect eggs. Use 10-100 egg cases per year per acre in early Spring. Hang an egg case in bushes or attach to anything 2' or more above the ground. Egg cases may be stored in the refrigerator just above freezing with slight dampness. Generally available from February-May.
Note: If you would like to see the mantid babies, place the egg case in a paper bag, fold the top and seal shut with a paper clip. Place the bag on a window sill in direct sunlight. Periodically open the bag carefully, and when you see tiny mantids inside the bag, take them outside and sprinkle them throughout the garden. Please be patient, sometimes it can take up to 8 weeks of warm weather for them to hatch.
These creatures will die if left in direct sunlight or in a rural mailbox on a hot afternoon, or in cold weather. We only guarantee viability if someone accepts and inspects the insects immediately upon delivery. You must contact us immediately upon delivery if you suspect a viability problem. Because of this, often the best address to use is a work address. If FedEx is instructed to leave the package in a cool, safe place and it’s for a short period of time, viability should not be compromised, but cannot be guaranteed. If no one is available and no instructions have been left, delivery may be re-attempted the next business day. However, viability may be compromised and will not be guaranteed.
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Cannot ship to the following states: HI, PR, VI, GU.
Shipping Weight: 0.01 lbs.
Dimensions: 1"L x 0.25"W x 0.25"H
A beneficial bug brigade
We purchase two egg casings. The larger one hatched within weeks. We let them go around our property. We have seen them thriving throughout our gardens. Highly recommend this project especially with as a family. It has turned into a fun learning experience. Great way to get children and adults outside for a game of hide and seek the mantids.
Reviewed by KjP on 7/17/17
Eggs on time, yet to see results, time will tell
Order shipped quickly, on time, easy to deploy. No adults sighted yet, we'll see.
Reviewed by Bee Guy in UP on 6/25/17
Reviewed by mikw96 on 6/13/17
Will find supplier closer next time
Purchased 4 and only one hatched. On east coast so next time will order from supplier closer.
Reviewed by Amt on 6/12/17
Great with some patience!
This took a lot longer to hatch than advertised. We had our praying mantis case sitting in the kitchen (in an enclosure) for over 3 months before it hatched! But we are very happy we waited! Will definitely buy again.
Reviewed by Mich on 6/9/17
I wasn't happy at all with the product or the direction that came with them. I called customer service to speak with them about why the mantises didn't hatch and I was told because I didn't live in a warm enough climate… They were shipped to South Florida in late May.... after waiting for two weeks for them to hatch I'm pretty sure something just ate the egg sacks.... haven't seen a single mantis was supper excited about the purchase from that point on it was nothing but a disappointment.
Reviewed by Nate on 6/7/17
Marked Increase in Mantids at my House
I can't actually say that I saw them hatch out, but I have noticed seeing a lot more mantids around my property. I hear that when they hatch out they are pretty small and you may not see them. Well worth the money!
Reviewed by Suzie on 9/16/16
Preying Mantis Never Hatched
Preying Mantis Never Hatched its been 4 months + now followed the directions, customer service kinda said nothing we can do ..So simply your out of money and time and no mantis. What a Racket, Rip offs put the old egg cocoons on sale suckers by them and give them money in hopes but to good to be true so its not true just a rip-off..DO NOT BUY BENEFICIAL INSECTS HERE AT Grow organic. Best unhappy buyer
Reviewed by unhappy buyer on 9/15/16
We get these every year; started because one of our kids had food allergies and couldn't have traditional Easter Eggs...so the egg cases were a special gift. They work! It's fun to keep one case in the house (a butterfly house is helpful to contain the offspring); it's so cool to watch them hatch. Whether you have little kids or not, these ferocious-looking but gentle guys certainly earn their keep eating pests in the garden. And they do lay their own cases occasionally--although I order every year, just to make sure we have plenty.
“I raise an organic roadside garden for my neighbors and have ordered from you for years. I plan on every seed growing - and they do!”
- Joan from SD
As a company, we strive to bring you the best selection of organic and/or natural gardening supplies available. While many of our products are either Certified Organic, or approved for Certified Organic Production, we also offer a variety of products that do not qualify for this classification. But rest assured, everything we offer must live up to our strict, planet-friendly standards. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (888) 784-1722 and we'd be happy to answer them!
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