What can we do about the bugs that are destroying our eggplant crop?

Asked June 17, 2015, 10:52 AM EDT

We've been having pests on eggplant and cabbage plants at Pine Island Community Farm in Colchester, Vermont. I attached a photo and it seems like this is a common problem in the area. The bugs lay eggs on the under sides of the eggplant leaves and then feed on the leaves. Is there a way to deter these pests, as they are ruining the eggplant crop for many of our farmers?

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1 Response

According to the UVM Plant Diagnostic Clinic, these are Colorado Potato Beetles - an important pest for solanaceous crops. The following links were recommended for information on management/control strategies:

Colorado potato beetles in gardens
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/insects/find/colorado-potato-beetles/

Colorado Potato Beetle: Organic Control Options
https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/viewhtml.php?id=132

If you have further questions, feel free to contact them:

UVM Plant Diagnostic Clinic
201 Jeffords Hall
63 Carrigan Drive
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405

Tel: (802) 656-0493
Website: http://pss.uvm.edu/pd/pdc/