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17/05/2014 at 16:19

Hi, I have an asparagus bed, 1m x 4m, 7years old.  I appear to have an infestation of asparagus beetle. til now I haven't noticed them or controlled them, so they have  built up without me noticing. I can  pick off about 50 adults twice a day, which is time consuming.  Is it worth picking them off ?  If I'm diligent will I get my infestation under control, so will merely need monitoring in following years ? 

I'm considering moving them to a new bed in the autumn anyway so they have more room, so I could wash the roots before replanting in new soil.  The old soil (where the adults emerge from I could skim off and put in a lidded compost bin for a year to try and break the cycle.  I guess I need to know what depth the beetles stay at in the soil. 

Any thoughts ?

18/05/2014 at 07:02

Bumping up in case any asparagus beetle experts are about today 

14/06/2014 at 14:57

Could it be the weather this year? I have a 3-year old asparagus bed and I've never had asparagus beetle before. Do you know any treatment that might work?

15/06/2014 at 08:49

I'm still hand picking the beetles.  Seems to be temperature related how many I get each day.  I'm no longer getting 100/day more like 10/day at the moment.

15/06/2014 at 09:32

As a last resort I used Provado last year and it seemed to work.  Looking at the number I picked off last night, I think I'll be resorting to it again this year. 

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