Resorts World Las Vegas releases 100K ladybugs to control pests

LAS VEGAS — More than 100,000 ladybugs were released from a property on the Las Vegas Strip to eliminate pests. And no, we don’t mean overzealous gamblers.

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The bugs, which were liberated throughout the Resorts World Las Vegas on Wednesday, are known to prey on plant-eating insects such as aphids, mites and leafhoppers, KSNV-TV reported.

Releasing them was in preparation for Earth Day and a way to naturally reduce the resort’s use of pesticides, KLAS-TV reported. Ladybugs can travel up to 75 miles away to eat their prey, the television station reported.

“As part of our overall horticultural program, we are committed to finding better ways of managing our landscape and taking a gentler approach with natural solutions,” Brendan Dellerba, director of horticulture and floral for Resorts World, said in a news release. “This release of ladybugs is an effective way to reduce the need for harmful pesticides across our property’s landscape and the Las Vegas Valley.”

Resorts World worked on releasing the ladybugs with Park West, the landscape management company for the property, according to KSNV.

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