Preserving the health of your crops can be extremely difficult on the farm. With all the many pests out to destroy your crops and income, effective bean beetle control is essential.
What are bean beetles?
Bean or pest beetles belong to a larger family called “Coleoptera” within this class comes a variety of subspecies such as the Weevil, Borer, Rootworm, and Chafar. The bean species consist of flying and non-flying beetles.
Lifecycle – Bean Beatle Control
A bean beetle starts as an egg laid either on soil, leaves, seeds or anywhere on the plant. From here, once “hatched” the larvae will ferociously eat away at the plant parts on which they have been laid by the adult female beetle. Most beetles will feed off the surface of the plant, but the borer species will consume through the plant. Feeding off the plant sometimes for months and years until the plant gets to the end if its own life. After the larvae become an adult, they seek out a mate.
Signs of damage
- A trail of frass (excrement) on the leaves or soil
- Wood shaving by the bark of the tree (sign of wood borer)
- Discolour leafs withering crops
Starting bean beetle pest control is important
As part of your farm maintenance, make sure that beetle control is effective and starts from the early stages of the plant.
- Monitor plants for any irregularities and signs of bean beetles on your crops.
- Storage grains may have some of the beetles, this is a sure sign you have a problem.
- Take control of the situation sooner than later
Pest control options
- Insecticides (synthetic)
- Natural predators of the beetle in a controlled environment
- Neem oil and other organic pesticides
- Traps for the adults
Benefits of using a professional bean beetle control specialist
- They can identify the problem and signs of infestation
- They have the equipment and insecticides needed to commence control on the farm
- Provide effective solutions for the good health of your farm and cash crops
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