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Asperagus beetles

Posted by kpc2912 7 (My Page) on
Thu, May 3, 12 at 12:19

Does anyone know how to kill asperagus beetles without pesticides? I sprayed them with homemade insecticidal soap, 3 TBS dish soap to 1 gallon water. They laughed at me. Next I boiled 6 cloves garlic and 7 hot peppers in 1 QT water. It was potent stuff because I got a nose full of it. I sprayed the beeltes and asperagus directly. once again they laughed at me and are still living. I dont want to use any pesticide becaue i raise honeybees. What can I do? Does anyone have an effective recipe?


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RE: Asperagus beetles

Just throwing stuff out at random here, because I use chemical controls, but perhaps diatomaceous earth to suffocate/dehydrate the larvae?


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RE: Asperagus beetles

Are honeybees feeding on your asparagus?


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I'm with ltilton. I used Seven last year (first year with these beetles and they haven't shown up this year) and they were gone in a day. Asparagus is a long way from flowering before harvest time. I suppose one could arrange a plastic tent over the aspargus to prevent drifting while spraying. I used a kitchen spray bottle.


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RE: Asperagus beetles

Asparagus beetles can usually just be hand picked off the ferns and squashed. They are easy to see and no chemicals needed. In bigger gus patches some of us use a vacuum to just suck them off.

Dave


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  • Posted by jolj 7b/8a-S.C.USA (My Page) on
    Fri, May 4, 12 at 19:00

I/powders that harm bees, even wait till late afternoon, the bees will be home for the night.


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RE: Asperagus beetles

Thanks everyone for replying to my problem. I finally decided to spray them with a combination of lemon juice, vinegar, and dish soap. It took a full day, but it killed all the larva and most of the beetles. I cant use Sevin as some of you suggested. any small amount could get on a bee and they carry it back to the hive. Dont need that. Thanks all for your help.


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