Pest Management

How to: Manage Potato Beetles in Your Garden

Potato Beetle blog post
The Colorado potato beetle is one of the major pests that can affect your crops. Adults are round beetles with orange/yellow and black stripes on their wings. Their head is orange with black spots. If left unchecked, they can destroy your plants in no time!
 
Treatment Options:
  • Hand-picking and placing the beetle in a soapy water bucket is a great way to get rid of them.
     
  • Companion planting can help deter potato beetles.
     
  • Diatomaceous earth can also be laid down around your garden to help get rid of them.
     
  • Beneficial insects such as green lacewings and ladybugs can be helpful to fight these beetle’s larvae. You can either try to attract them or buy them to release!
     
  • Applying beneficial nematodes and neem oil can also be effective. Make sure not to apply the neem oil when the temperature is above 90, or else you could suffocate your plant!
     

Plants to Watch for:

  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers

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