[Market-farming] Harlequin Bugs

Elaine Granata ecgranat at ouray.cudenver.edu
Thu Jul 21 23:19:18 EDT 2005

Shelly:  My Pests of the West book says they are very hard to kill, even
with pesticides.  He suggests removing infested plants immmediately after
harvest, or removing cover to deprice them of shelter for overwintering.  He
suggests diverting them by planting a more appealing crop, like radishes and
mustards-- that's not a quick solution, however.

I did a bug patrol every morning a couple of years back when I was hit with
them and just picked them off into soapy water -- very time consuming!!

Good luck.

Denver -- record 104 degrees.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Shelly Elliott" <shelly at idlethyme.com>
To: "Market Farming" <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2005 1:09 PM
Subject: [Market-farming] Harlequin Bugs

HELP! The Harlequin bugs are tearing my brassicas to shreds....and breeding
prolifically. I have tried garlic oil and neem to no avail. Also, I have
tried handpicking but I have alot of ground in brassicas and they just seem
to come back en masse. Some of my crops are at the critical point and I will
lose them if I do not figure this out soon.
Shelly Elliott
Idle Thyme Farm
Zone 5, SE Wyoming ... where temps reached at record 100 degrees yesterday!
Good for the peppers.....bad for the lettuce!


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