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Re: Colorado Potato beetles

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06-09-2014 08:09:47

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diatomaceous earth does a good job on em. dust the plants when its dry. if it gets wet it needs to be re-applied. most garden centers sell it. works on most pests and is non toxic.

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06-11-2014 10:33:51

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 Re: Colorado Potato beetles in reply to glennster, 06-09-2014 08:09:47  
I am gonna try the diatomaceous earth next year,that stuff works wonders on all kind of pests, including fire ants. We had a slight problem with the bugs this year, but just dug my new potatoes this morning, only about 200 lbs worth. JB in East TX.

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06-10-2014 13:25:39

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 Re: Colorado Potato beetles in reply to glennster, 06-09-2014 08:09:47  
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Non toxic? And it kills beetles? I was commercial pesticide applicator for over 40 years and I never saw anything non toxic kill anything. OK if you use enough of it maybe. Enough salt or aspirin will kill you.

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06-12-2014 19:02:09

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 Re: Colorado Potato beetles in reply to ldj, 06-10-2014 13:25:39  
Diatomaceous earth is a powder made from fossilized diatoms. Food grade is abrasive and gets on the insect and causes it to dehydrate. Basically sands the outer skin of the bugs and dries em out. If it gets wet, you have to re apply it. Only works if it is dry.

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06-09-2014 14:22:23

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 Re: Colorado Potato beetles in reply to glennster, 06-09-2014 08:09:47  
We get a liquid from Southern States Coop. Spray it in the row then plant the potatoes. Used to have a monster problem with them, but now don't even see any at all. I'll try to remember to look at the bottle tomorrow down at the shop & let you know what it's called. Keith

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