|Inspect the backside of potato leaves for bright orange clusters of beetle eggs now and in the coming weeks. When found, either remove the eggs or treat plants to prevent damage by this serious potato pest. |
If you have potatoes growing in your garden be on the lookout for Colorado potato beetles. These voracious feeders can quickly devour potato leaves, resulting in greatly reduced yields and even plant death in severe cases. Controlling these beetles early in the season, before populations explode, is essential to protect your potato crop. Adult beetles are currently laying masses of bright orange eggs on potato leaves so now is the time to search your plants for these insects and take control measures if any are found.
½” long and have dull red, humpbacked bodies with black legs and two rows of black dots running down their sides.
Learn more about Colorado Potato Beetles and how to control them! Read the rest of the story here on the Pender County Cooperative Extension website, http://pender.ces.ncsu.edu/index.php?page=news&ci=LAWN+125 .