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Name: Ann
East Texas
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metmat
Apr 26, 2016 9:36 PM CST
Yikes! I think our red potatoes are infested with potato bugs!
How can we organically manage (read: kill) these foes?

Thank you!

Ann
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Apr 26, 2016 11:11 PM CST
Neem Oil. Make sure you get the real deal - no additives. Spray in the evening after the sun is off the plants and be patient. Neem is a natural systemic but it takes a while to work.

Daisy
Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Apr 27, 2016 3:52 AM CST
Try Azamax. Gene
Name: Ann
East Texas
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metmat
May 2, 2016 1:57 PM CST
Thank you, Daisy and Gene, for replying to my question about the potato bugs.
I was going to give acorns to both of you, but I didn't realize I only had three and gave them all to Daisy, which left none for Gene!
I'm new to lots of this, so please accept my thanks for your input, Gene.

Ann
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 2, 2016 2:01 PM CST
Thank you metmat. I just shared with Gasrocks.

Daisy
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
May 30, 2016 6:28 PM CST
The only truly organic way to control them is to go out there and pick, and squash them by hand, ESPECIALLY the larvae.
There is a true organic way to kill them but it is only available to commercial growers, and for what reason I do not know.
It was available a few years ago to the general public but was pulled by the government agency.

Bonide makes a non-organic killer but even that only works well if you go out and lift and spray every plant, top and bottom till it is soaked.
I have had infestations and sprayed the nasty stuff that kills every thing repeatedly and they still ravaged the plants.

Last year I did my old method and walked the garden squashing bug, larvae and ---- eggs, they are on the BOTTOM side of the leaves.
Even then I did not get them all but I noticed I had a large population of Lady bugs, both normal and Asian and the Potato bugs simply were gone before they did much damage even though I know I did not get them all.
There are some potato varieties they simply do not like and pretty much leave alone.
Russets seem to be their favorites.
Name: Ann
East Texas
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metmat
May 30, 2016 7:52 PM CST
Thank you so much for your input.
I've done my share of squashing the bugs and must say it is gratifying!
I don't get them all though!
Thankfully, we're about to dig our potatoes.
Thank You! Thank You!

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