With a backyard farm I am already getting ready to plan my garden and canning for this year. I have purchased lady bugs in the past when I had 88 Rose bushes in my old home. Now I am growing food so I haven't tried this yet. Last year we really did not have a big pest problem... but we didn't have the rain either in New York. My hubby told me though that we really don't have a big problem here.
You may want to consider growing your first garden this year... tomato plants, zuccini, etc... are great to have for a family!