|Last night we waged war against a brown beetle that was consuming our vegetable garden plants. Aside from manual removal, we have also been using various organic oil-based sprays. Is there anything else we can do to free our nights for other activities besides nocturnal beetle hunting? Please help us! Sincerely, Desperate in Old Mastic
|You didn't mention what you've used in the past. Neem oil is usually effective, as is rotenone (Rotenone Garden Dust by Bonide or Rotenone Spray). If those haven't helped, consider a pyrethroid type insecticide. Permethrin is the oldest, and most common, of the pyrethroid insecticides and is sold under a large number of different brand names (Martin?s Vegetables Plus, Bonide Eight Vegetable, Fruit & Flower, and Hi-Yield Garden, Pet & Livestock Insect Control are three examples). Permethrin is labeled for use on many different vegetable crops and is effective against many beetle, bug, and caterpillar pests. Because it controls so many different insect pests and is labeled for use on most vegetables, this is probably one of the most useful insecticides for home vegetable gardeners to keep on hand. Hope you get control of those nasty pests. Good luck with your garden!