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Two Insects You Should Get to Know!

Name: Bean Leaf Beetle

Eats: Your bean plants.

What makes them good: They only really eat beans.

What makes them a pain: I call them the teflon bug.  You can’t catch them.  They jump or fly away and hide!  They can really devastate a bean patch.

Management strategy: Break up your bean plantings into decoy patches and they seem to concentrate on one patch.  Rotate your beans to avoid hatches.  Turn chickens loose in your garden.  Attract bluebirds.  PLANT MORE BEANS THAN YOU NEED!

Name: Potato Beetle

Eats: Solanaceae family plants (potatoes, eggplants, tomatoes (rarely)).

What makes them good: They aren’t really prolific in many areas and they are large and usually easy to catch.

What makes them a pain: They aren’t such generalists.  They will eat your eggplants then move on to potatoes. 

Management strategy: Monitor affected plants and pick them off.  Get your plants off to a good start to avoid devastation.

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