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Post  moswell on 7/6/2012, 10:36 am

I think they've been around my potatoes for some time, but I finally noticed exactly what they were last night. Since my potatoes are well established, should I worry about them? And if I should worry about them, what should I do about it? Very Happy Thanks!
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Post  camprn on 7/6/2012, 10:45 am

moswell wrote:I think they've been around my potatoes for some time, but I finally noticed exactly what they were last night. Since my potatoes are well established, should I worry about them? And if I should worry about them, what should I do about it? Very Happy Thanks!
From what I read no worries on well established plants. However, be aware thatpotato flea beetles are vectors for scab. http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/course/ent425/text18/plantvectors.html

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Post  moswell on 7/6/2012, 11:02 am

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moswell wrote:I think they've been around my potatoes for some time, but I finally noticed exactly what they were last night. Since my potatoes are well established, should I worry about them? And if I should worry about them, what should I do about it? Very Happy Thanks!
From what I read no worries on well established plants. However, be aware thatpotato flea beetles are vectors for scab. http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/course/ent425/text18/plantvectors.html
Hmm, so the plants themselves should be okay, but there's a danger the larvae will hurt the actual crop I'm trying to produce. Hmm. . .maybe I should think about DE anyway. I never see bees or ladybugs near the potato plants, so they should be safe from the DE there.
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