What can we do about the bugs that are destroying our eggplant crop?
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?
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
Colorado Potato Beetle: Organic Control Options
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