Controlling the Blister Beetle in Your Garden Controlling the Blister Beetle in Your Garden

What You'll Need
Garden gloves
Beetle trap
Insecticide
Lime
Flour
Bowl

Like all insects beetles can prove to be a nuisance in several ways, and when it comes to the effect they can have on plants and flowers in a garden they can cause some trouble. This is due to the fact that most insects, such as the blister beetle, feed on leaves, and thus they often cause unsightly leaves and withering of plants and flowers. These are some ways how you can try to control the number of blister beetles in your garden so as to hopefully reduce the negative impact they can produce on your plants, flowers and trees.

Step 1 - Take Precautions

When planting, plant the seeds for your plants and flowers slightly away from each other. The closer the plants are to each other the more blister beetles will be able to move from one onto another , causing a greater damage. However, this is usually only feasible if your garden is quite large. Also, make sure to eliminate any weeds in your garden as these may cause further infestation of blister beetles.

Step 2 - Use Insecticide

You can consider purchasing and applying an insecticide which can control the blister beetles from propagating in your garden, especially if you know that your garden previously had a tendency of having several blister beetles in it. Consult experts in this field who will be able to suggest the best types of insecticides that can work against blister beetles, and also make sure that you know how and when to apply it to your garden for an effective result. You may probably need to apply insecticide at regular intervals to prevent the blister beetles from reappearing in large quantities and cause an infestation. 

Step 3 - Pick Them Up

When planting if possible plant the seeds for your plants and flowers slightly away from each other because the closer they are to each other the more blister beetles will be able to move from one onto another easily, causing a greater damage. However, this is usually only feasible if your garden is quite large. Also, make sure to eliminate any weeds in your garden as these may cause further infestation of blister beetles.

Step 4 - Use a Beetle Trap

You may consider making use of a beetle trap if you are concerned of large numbers of blister beetles. This can be found in specialized stores, and it can be assembled easily. Open it in an area where you suspect that most beetles are swarming and leave it there for some hours. After that period of time check out if any beetles have gone into its bag, and then simply tie it up and throw it away. It is best to wear gardening gloves to be on the safe side.

Step 5 - Regularly Inspect Your Plants

Make it a point to inspect your plants and their state on a regular basis. This will help you to identify the incidence of blister beetles. Besides, when your crops are ready harvest them without delay. When you notice any infected plants first try to remove any blister beetles that you can see, and then mix some lime with flour, and apply the concoction onto the particular plants as this can help.

Try to follow these suggestions in order to free yourself of the blister beetle problem from your garden and ensure beautiful, healthy plants and flowers.

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