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!
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.
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:
- Tomatoes (Bush & Vine)