Potato beetles can develop rapidly, especially in warm summers on late-maturing crops, causing extensive damage to the potato plants.
In the case of a large infestation, direct control measures e.g. the use of biological plant protection products like Novodor are justified. Novodor contains a bacterium; Bacillus thuringuensis tenebrionis (Bt), whose toxins (protein crystals) destroy the intestinal tract of potato beetle larvae.
Check the state of infestation
• When the potato plants start to emerge, walk the field every 7 days in a straight line and check plants at regular intervals.
• If clusters of eggs are found on more than every third plant, apply Novodor four days after discovering the first clusters.
Apply the agent
• Dissolve 5 l of Novodor in 500 l of water per hectare of potatoes.
• Novodor can be applied together with copper products.
• The potato beetles are still in an early larval stage (L1 to L2).
• Temperature between 15 °C and 25 °C.
• Avoid direct sunlight: spray late in the evening or when the sky is overcast.
• No rain is due within 8 hours after spraying.
• After a successful treatment, the larvae will turn black after a few days.
• If the effect is insufficient, the larvae will stay mobile. In this case, the treatment should be repeated within the following 10 days.