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How to Rid Your Garden of the Potato Beetle

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Written by   75
11 months ago
Topics: Gardening, Insect, Beetle, Potato, Natural, ...

The Colorado potato beetle also commonly known as the Potato beetle is a garden pest you don't want to encounter in your home garden because they are difficult to get rid of due to its natural resistance to insecticides.  

Both the adult beetle and its young chew leaves and will defoliate entire crop fields if given the opportunity. Plants such as eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes are especially vulnerable to an attack. 

The adult potato beetle a round yellow-orange body with black stripes on their wings and black markings at the base of the head.  

Their larvae young grow ⅛ to ½ inches long and have a black head and legs with a yellow-red or orange body that has two rows of black spots on both sides of it. 

The adult will hibernate during the winter months in your garden debris and soil until spring. 

After emerging from hibernation, the beetle will search for food nearby in host plants. 

Females lay clusters of orange-yellow eggs on the undersides of the plan leaves. Within a week or two, the eggs hatch into voracious larvae that feed on the plant for a month and then drop to the soil below to pupate for about a week until they emerge as adults to start a new future generation of potato beetles. 

To keep an infest of potato beetles from letting your vegetable garden become their next meal, natural methods are a must. 

Remove adult beetles and larvae from plant leaves by hand and place them into a bucket of warm soapy water. 

Till your garden after harvesting in the fall and mulch 3 inches deep with a layer of hay to new plant growth during the spring to slow movement of adults looking for their next meal. 

Introduce beneficial insects like the ladybug, soldier bug, and lacewing, which feed on eggs and their larvae.

Use beneficial nematodes in your garden soil to destroy the immature larva developing underground.










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Interesting article I agree with you 99%

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11 months ago

99 percent? Lol Thank you

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9 months ago

These insects should be controlled, otherwise our hobby garden will be completely destroyed

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11 months ago

Yes! What do you grow?

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9 months ago

Wow. Really amazing . I also agree with you. I kove potato

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11 months ago

Potatoes can be good!

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9 months ago

I agree with you, these beetles are viscous. They sink their teeth into my juicy awesome vegetables, that I worked hard to plant! They feast and feast until I have nothing left. Thank you for your advice about getting rid of these pesky beetles! I will try this the next time I plant some vegetables.

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11 months ago

Please let me know if it worked or not, when you do!

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9 months ago

I've been to villages where potatoes are planted.. I never knew what the leaf looked like until then. It was amazing meeting with the good farmers there

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11 months ago

Sounded like an interesting visit. I love learning about various crops and how to grow them.

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9 months ago

Nice writing, keep it up

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11 months ago

Thank you

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