Asparagus – Protecting

Q: I have a large plot of asparagus. It has been attacked by asparagus beetles for two years. Is there any way I can rid my garden of them?

A: You have a couple of control strategies. In winter remove every bit of debris from the asparagus bed (you can do this now). This eliminates hiding places for over-wintering adult beetles. Examine emerging spears for small white eggs laid on the tips. Hand-pick any adults you see during the season. Carbaryl (Sevin) is labeled for asparagus beetle control but may not be necessary if you are diligent.

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