How Do You Get Rid Of Potato Bugs In The Garden?


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Liam Orr Profile
Liam Orr answered
If you're intending to use natural methods to get rid of potato bugs in your garden, then the best bet for you to get rid of them is to introduce the natural enemy of the creature into your own garden. Hence, you should look at introducing ladybirds, lacewings, stink bugs and some species of spiders into your garden. These insects should not be able to affect your garden's health, but will undoubtedly be able to get rid of the troublesome potato bugs in your garden. These predators that are introduced into your gardens will simply prey on the potato bugs.

You can also use botanicals to get rid of the bug, with ease. This is a more natural way of getting rid of the bugs, as opposed to pesticides. So say for instance you are suffering from an infestation - rotenone is a botanical that comes from the roots of certain kinds of plants. Once you introduce this to your garden's crops, it will slowly begin to kill off the potato bugs in your garden. Pyrethrum is a more aggressive botanical, however. It can also be combined with rotenone for much faster results.

If you can't make this work, however, then you should use biopesticides in your garden. This is a better alternative to using several kinds of chemicals in the soil of your garden. Biopesticides can't be used in organic farming, however, as they are still technically chemicals. They generally come in the form of a spray, and are incredibly effective at getting rid of potato bugs that have started infesting your crops. You can also place a floating row cover over your potato crops once all of the bugs are gone. This is a way of stopping the infestation from reoccurring in the future.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
You can get rid of potato bugs by using is a white powder which has the organic seal of approval for use in emergency situations because it degrades quickly and has no harmful effect on warm blooded animals or else you can use bt(bacillus thuringiensis) ,its not as lethal as rotenone but it can put the bugs off their food, reducing damage and multiplication of bugs.
Jacquelyn Mathis Profile
Go to, there you can type in the name of the critter, and it will take you to the article you're trying to find out about. I typed in "potato bug", didn't work, it suggested potato beetle.
I don't know if that particular bug is what you have, click in the contents box, and go to "As a crop pest". Hope this helps, good luck.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Bio-mist seems to work pretty good they just seem to jump off the potato plants
so far so good
Cindy Thompson Profile
Cindy Thompson answered
Buy some African chickens called Guineas. They will eat the bugs in your garden but will not eat your plants. Call your local Cooperative Extention Agent to find someone who sells Guineas.
danshkiv huabib Profile
danshkiv huabib answered
I also hear lady bugs are good but unless your garden is in a greenhouse or indoors you wont be able to keep them in the garden

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