The better to spray potatoes from the Colorado potato beetle and what means are most effective – find out in the UNIAN material.
Many summer residents are sure that it is possible to fight the Colorado potato beetle only with the help of “chemistry” – folk remedies are powerless here. In fact, this is not so – the pest insect adapts to any conditions and even gets used to many substances.
UNIAN will tell you how to get rid of the Colorado potato beetle at home according to the recipe of our mothers and grandmothers.
Earlier, we talked about how to treat the garden from pests.
What will help from the Colorado potato beetle – proven remedies
Experienced gardeners say that if the Colorado potato beetle appeared in the garden, then you can fight it endlessly. This unpleasant pest attacks potato beds and spoils the crop. Worse, the Colorado potato beetle develops immunity to all chemicals that can be used, so it is better to resort to folk methods of struggle.
Hand picking beetle
Ancient as the world, and a reliable way for those who do not disdain and are not afraid – to collect insects with their hands. This method is suitable if you have enough time and the area is small. For those who see manual collection as the most reliable way, UNIAN has prepared several rules:
- collect bugs in a bucket of saline;
- try not to crush the beetles in the aisle of potatoes;
- inspect the entire bush – both from below and from above;
- if you find masonry on the leaves – remove them too.
Keep in mind that after manual collection, the beetles will reappear, as they may have had time to lay larvae that you will not notice during collection.
Potato traps from Colorado potato beetles
Such a “bait” will help you save time when collecting insects from the garden. Take a liter jar and put chopped potato tubers into it. Bury in the aisle so that the top of the jar remains above the bed. Brush the edges of the jar with potato juice. The bugs will crawl on the aroma, fall into the jar, but they won’t be able to get out of it.
Mustard from the Colorado potato beetle
Mustard is an affordable and easy repellant that can be used to control a variety of insects. Most often, solutions are prepared from it:
- 100 g of dry mustard per 10 liters of water + 100 ml of 9% vinegar;
- 100 g of dry mustard per 1 liter of water + laundry soap.
As an alternative, you can simply plant the mustard next to the potato beds, and after flowering, mow and spread it around.
Onion and garlic
The most effective is an infusion of onion peel and garlic. It is prepared simply: 200 g of onion peel and crushed heads of garlic, pour 10 liters of water and simmer for 2 hours. When ready, strain the broth and add water so that you get 10 liters. At the end, add 10 g of grated laundry soap.
IMPORTANT: this solution will only help in the early stages of potato ripening, when there are few insects.
Juniper, wormwood and celandine
Experienced summer residents know that the Colorado potato beetle is afraid of the smell of juniper, so they plant the sprouts of this grass directly into the holes with potatoes. If your harvest is already ripening, then prepare a solution: pour a bunch of juniper shoots into 10 liters of water, leave for 3-4 hours, strain and spray the bushes.
Juniper will also help against insects on tomatoes and eggplants.
Celandine – an even more effective remedy, as it not only kills adult beetles and larvae, but also scares off those who are just about to visit your plants. The cleaner can be used in two ways:
- spread the plant between the rows with potatoes;
- prepare a decoction: put the shoots in a bucket, pour 10 liters of water, boil for 15-20 minutes, cool, strain, dilute 500 ml of infusion in a bucket of water and spray the garden.
Celandine will save your crop from the Colorado potato beetle for 2 weeks.
Wormwood tincture often used by summer residents in the process of pest control. The most effective means is considered a solution:
- 400 g of wormwood;
- 10 pods of hot red pepper;
- 100 g of garlic leaves;
- 100 g of celandine.
Pour the above ingredients into 10 liters of boiling water, leave for 10-12 hours and use to spray plants.
Sawdust against the Colorado potato beetle
Another folk remedy is ordinary sawdust, which remains after construction work or is freely sold in stores. Use them as mulch, spreading them between potato beds 2-3 times a month. If it rained, then do not wait for the right date, but mulch the soil right away – this way you will be able to enhance the smell of wood, which repels insects. Sawdust is not only a good remedy for the Colorado potato beetle or weeds, but also a budget fertilizer for beds.