How to deal with the Colorado potato beetle

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We get rid of the Colorado potato beetle by folk methods

The Colorado potato beetle causes a lot of trouble for vegetable growers. Not everyone knows how to deal with the Colorado potato beetle.

There was a time (6-7 years ago) when I did not know how to get rid of the Colorado potato beetle, I had to collect beetles, mostly larvae, for 10-11 hours a day every other day. My back hurt, and at the end of the day it was rippling in my eyes. I did not use chemical preparations to combat them, but I did not know other, folk ones. It is believed that the beetle crawls out of the soil at the time of flowering of lilacs, mountain ash, but I met them at different times – in early May and during the budding and flowering of potatoes, each season is different.

Now on my site I meet beetles and larvae, but this is a drop in the ocean compared to the old days.

There are many methods, but I approach any method from a practical point of view – so that it is effective, not expensive and without unnecessary labor.

How to deal with the Colorado potato beetle?

  1. The easiest way is to plant beans in 2-3 rows around the perimeter of your garden, in some places – in the middle of the site.
  2. I also plant marigolds, which after themselves grow throughout the garden. Marigolds bloom all summer and until late autumn, delight the eye and, apparently, repel part of the beetle. These beetle control measures are very simple, but effective.
  3. I put the ashes, and also carry out the early hilling of just sprouted potatoes. I put the collected pests in a salt solution.
  4. You can get rid of the Colorado potato beetle by applying a solution of tar (2 tablespoons per bucket).
  5. In early spring, as soon as the soil is ripe, I lay out the bait (cut tubers) of potatoes on the surface of the soil. Beetles crawl out on such baits, I collect them and destroy them.
  6. In cloudy weather or at night (because the slices dry out quickly in the sun), I cut the potatoes into slices, put them in a solution of urea (1: 3) for a day, and scatter them around the garden where the potatoes will be planted. There is no greenery yet, so the beetle feeds on poisoned potatoes and dies. The same operation is repeated in the fall, when all the tubers are removed to the smallest, and the tops are burned. Potato peelings, crushed to gruel, are laid out on a piece of plastic wrap. Beetles gather in these places, which are not difficult to collect.
  7. Control measures with the help of traps: I put a few pieces of old potatoes in clean canning iron or glass jars. I put the jars in the garden, from time to time I inspect them and destroy the prey.
  8. An important technique in the fight against the beetle is the sprinkling of potato seedlings with soil in May – June. Early varieties are sprinkled at the time of mass germination, not later. As a result, the laying of eggs and larvae of the pest is eliminated.
  9. The use of chicken manure is effective (for 3 acres of land, 10 buckets of manure are bred in 250 buckets of water – a 4% solution). After such watering, not a single beetle starts.
  10. Protects from beetles ordinary stove ash, which is dusted with each hole during planting potatoes or pour ash (1 matchbox) and mix with the ground; when hilling around each bush, they scatter a tablespoon of ash. In addition, when raising the stems to18 cm sprayed with the following infusion: 1 kg ashes boil in 10 lwater for 15 minutes. Insist for 2 days, then filter, dilute even in10 l water, add 40-50 glaundry soap and sprayed potato bushes. When the potato blooms, it is pollinated through a sieve with ash after rain or dew. At the end of July, pollination is repeated, these methods drive the beetle away forever.
  11. Plantings are treated with infusion of onion peel before the beetle lays eggs.
  12. Between potato plants, a clove of spring garlic is planted in one row or Ekron around the garden.
  13. In the aisles of potatoes or in the bushes, sedun beans are planted. It is believed that these two cultures do not interfere with each other, and bean beetles do not tolerate and leave the site.
  14. Sprayed with a decoction of capsicum. dry pepper (100 g) are boiled in 10 liters of water for 2 hours, laundry soap is added, insisted for two hours, sprayed with chilled water.
  15. At the height of the haulm 15 cm the first spraying is carried out with infusion of elecampane roots – 100 gramsroots are poured with a bucket of boiling water and closed with a lid. The cooled infusion is filtered. This spraying is carried out three times as needed.
  16. A plant with small flowers and an unpleasant odor grows near the roads, it is called bugs (corollas). Take 3-4 kg, soaked in a bucket of water (10 l) for 2 hours. Then water is sprinkled along with the grass along the tops of the potatoes or the grass is torn and tightly folded into a bucket, 2-3 packs of shag are added, poured with boiling water, the whole mixture is boiled and allowed to brew for 2-3 days. Filter and spray the tops, especially from below.
  17. Fresh or dry stems of celandine (how many fit) are added to the bucket and filled with water, the contents are brought to a boil, which is carried out for 10-15 minutes. Then the solution is cooled, filtered. Take 0.5 liters of decoction per10 literswater. Repeat as needed.
  18. 0.5 l bottles of vinegar and 100 gramssoda ash is diluted in a bucket of water and potatoes are immediately sprayed, the product acts on adult beetles and larvae. The first treatment is most effective before oviposition.3 kgchopped green tomato tops are poured with 10 liters of water, boiled over low heat for 30 minutes. After settling, the broth is filtered. Take 2 liters of decoction10 liters water and add 40 grams soap.
  19. Use also infusion of tobacco. 500 g tobacco dust, woody stems (tobacco grows well in our area, I planted it), and better – the roots of the dried and crushed tobacco plant, insist 2 days in 10 lwater. Strain, add the same amount of water and40 g soap and immediately process potato plantings.
  20. Potatoes are treated with an infusion of a mixture of herbs: 300 g wormwood with the addition of 3 pods of hot pepper and a package of ground pepper, 200 ghemlock, 1/4 piece hoz. soap and200 ggarlic stalks, all this is poured with a bucket of boiling water and insisted for 12 hours. Preparations of garlic and wormwood are very effective.
  21. The following methods of dealing with the Colorado potato beetle are characteristic of the southern regions of Russia. Is taken1 kg acacia bark or 0.5 kg sunflower flowers, infused in 10 lwater for 2-3 days. The bark is pre-dried and crushed. The agent is filtered through a sieve and the potatoes are sprayed.
  22. Fallen walnut leaves are also used. Is taken5 kgdry walnut leaves, pour 10 liters of boiling water. Keep the mixture stoppered. Before the appearance of the beetles0.5 l the mixture is diluted in 8 lwater and the garden is processed three times. The beetle leaves.
  23. Colorado beetles do not tolerate the smell of flowering hemp. This method is used in Yekaterinburg – 150-200 g flowering cannabis is poured 2-2.5 lwater, boil for 5-10 minutes. The solution needs to be cooled and dissolved in it 10-15 ghousehold soap. Sprayed potatoes.
  24. In order to scare away Colorado beetles, dandelion and horsetail are used, when sprayed with them, the beetle leaves.
  25. The natural enemies of the Colorado beetles are ladybugs, beetles, runners, brown hay spiders with long legs, nobis bugs, lacewings, chrysons, etc. All these beneficial insects should be protected, not to be confused with pests.
  26. Beetles are willingly eaten by Peking ducks, guinea fowls, so poultry farmers have a place to turn around.
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