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#31 Sawdust ONLINE  

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Posted July 01, 2017 - 11:57 PM

I noticed some larvae on my potatoes at different stages. The very young were as small as a pin head & black in color. The older ones were as large as a BB & dark brown or rust color with a little black head. The adults were like your first pic with the stripes. I hand picked the adults by knocking them off onto a small plastic bowl. The larvae I done the same way but just tapped the leaf over the bowl. When I found the cluster of eggs underneath the leaves I just broke that leaf off. It took me about a week & sprayed only twice. I check everyday because they like other plants too. This was easy for me because I only have four 24' rows. This is what I sprayed with a garden sprayer on top & underneath the plants.
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Posted July 02, 2017 - 12:20 AM

Use Tempo. An insecticide that is very effective and very safe. I have used it for year on garden crops as well ad around the house, in and out. Takes care of the spiders, fleas, ticks, and any other pest you don't want around. Kind of pricey at $45- $48 a bottle of 16 oz but onl y take about 16ml per 3 gal. sprayer so it goes a long ways.


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Posted July 02, 2017 - 12:20 AM

Tempo is what I use. Kills them quick and spray stays on until the next rain.


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Posted July 02, 2017 - 06:06 AM

The vacum keeps you from handling them. They stink so bad when mashed. I just dumped them in a bucket of soapy water, put the lid on for awhile then dump later.

I understand what the vacuum does , but I can't understand why.

 

Are ladybugs good for garden?
Ladybugs are capable of consuming up to 50 to 60 aphids per day but will also eat a variety of other insects and larvae including scales, mealy bugs, leaf hoppers, mites, and various types of soft-bodied insects. Ladybugs, also called lady beetles or ladybird beetles, are a very beneficial group of insects.

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Posted July 02, 2017 - 06:10 AM

I only vacuumed them when they get in the house in the fall.


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Posted July 02, 2017 - 06:52 AM


I understand what the vacuum does , but I can't understand why.


Are ladybugs good for garden?




Ladybugs are capable of consuming up to 50 to 60 aphids per day but will also eat a variety of other insects and larvae including scales, mealy bugs, leaf hoppers, mites, and various types of soft-bodied insects. Ladybugs, also called lady beetles or ladybird beetles, are a very beneficial group of insects.


Like LD mentioned I too only vacuum the ones that get into the house. Here is a link that explains the difference between the lady bug & the Asian type.
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Posted July 02, 2017 - 07:10 AM

Back to the garden; will chickens eat the potato bugs?



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Posted July 02, 2017 - 08:24 AM

Every time I think of potato bugs it reminds me of my mom telling how my aunt and her worked on a potatoe farm , their job was to hand pick potato bugs and put them in a bucket , kerosene if I remember correctly . That would have been in the late thirites .
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Posted July 02, 2017 - 11:14 AM

Chickens, ducks and geese will all eat potato bugs. My MIL used to let them all free range in the garden after the plants were big enough to withstand the collateral damage the birds did to the veggies. Unfortunately the strawberries suffered regardless,  You have to get up pretty darn early to get ahead of a chicken, lol.


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Posted July 05, 2017 - 09:24 PM

10 bugs today, 5 yesterday. I feel I have them well under control. But have to keep going every day, for while yet , then can start skipping days. Plants are doing good.
Buckwheat is doing well too.
I also cut the grass there today.


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Posted July 09, 2017 - 05:49 AM

Neem oil and spinosad! Both are organic and will knock them little pests OUT! Deader than dead and for a few weeks. The neem oil even smells good like orange juice. I use a brand called Captian Jacks dead bug! For potato bugs I love this stuff because it works sooo good! And mixing in some Neem oil makes it stick!and last a touch longer by sheltering the spinosad from the suns uv that cuts back on its effectiveness over time.
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Posted July 09, 2017 - 06:24 AM

Neem oil and spinosad! Both are organic and will knock them little pests OUT! Deader than dead and for a few weeks. The neem oil even smells good like orange juice. I use a brand called Captian Jacks dead bug! For potato bugs I love this stuff because it works sooo good! And mixing in some Neem oil makes it stick!and last a touch longer by sheltering the spinosad from the suns uv that cuts back on its effectiveness over time.

I have had excellent results from the captain jack's. I didn't have much of a problem this year so I didn't spray. Other years it did good for me.
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Posted July 09, 2017 - 08:45 PM

Neem oil and spinosad! Both are organic and will knock them little pests OUT! 

 

Thanks for the tip! good information.


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Posted July 12, 2017 - 02:08 PM

Neem oil and spinosad! Both are organic and will knock them little pests OUT! Deader than dead and for a few weeks. The neem oil even smells good like orange juice. I use a brand called Captian Jacks dead bug! For potato bugs I love this stuff because it works sooo good! And mixing in some Neem oil makes it stick!and last a touch longer by sheltering the spinosad from the suns uv that cuts back on its effectiveness over time.

 

I've gotten good results from neem oil as well. If you get plain neem oil, when you mix it up, add a drop of dish soap to the sprayer to help break the surface tension of the water and you'll get better coverage.


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Posted July 12, 2017 - 08:31 PM

10 bugs today, 5 yesterday. I feel I have them well under control. But have to keep going every day, for while yet , then can start skipping days. Plants are doing good.
Buckwheat is doing well too.
I also cut the grass there today.


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Looks like their coming along good. I really like the potatoes out by themselves like your doing. Is the buckwheat a cover crop.
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