When I bought my house in the very hot, very dry summer of 1998, Dillon and I went to Ellison Feed and Seed and bought some ladybugs. Dillon was eight at the time so it was a fun activity for him to release them into the yard.
The home listing boasted ten(?!) climbing roses. I think they were planted shortly before the house was listed and I could only find eight of them. I still have five. That first summer was just too hot and they were dry too long. The previous owners moved out of state a couple of months before I bought the house.
But back to the ladybugs. We bought them to get rid of the aphids which were feasting on my new roses, and I am not a fan of chemicals in my yard. It must have worked, because the roses that survived that first summer don’t have aphids, and we still have ladybugs.