bean beetles

karin_l(z3 SD)August 1, 2004

Any tried and true methods to combat the bean leaf beetle? It is eating up all my lovely pole beans (Rattlesnake variety). This is the second (or third??) generation. TIA

Karin_L

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bambooo(6 CT USA)

Go out in the morning with a small propane torch like you would use to solder a copper pipe with.
Briefly pass the flame over the adult beetles singing their antennae. Once singed they don't eat, mate, or destroy beans.
Faster than hand picking them as the little buggers like to drop to the ground when disturbed.
Pinch the larvae and rub off the eggs with your thumb.
The larvae look like punk rock lemons.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2004 at 11:20AM
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karin_l(z3 SD)

Wouldn't this, like, fry the beans?

    Bookmark   August 7, 2004 at 1:18PM
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