You are not alone! Colorado Potato Beetle (CPB), Leptinotarsa
decemlineata, is among the most serious potato insect pests.
Both the larvae and adult beetles feed on foliage and terminal
growth, limiting tuber development. Colorado potato beetles
also can vector spindle tuber, bacterial wilt and ring rot.
Uncontrolled populations of Colorado potato beetle can
completely defoliate potato plants and can cause total crop loss.
One of the most important tactics for Colorado potato beetle
management is crop rotation. Rotation to a field that is at least
200 yards from the previous year’s field delays colonization
and reduces population densities. This allows plants to
become larger and capable of withstanding Colorado potato
beetle without having an effect on yield. Rotated fields are
typically colonized one to four weeks in the season; however,
the total population of adult beetles is lower, producing fewer
larvae to control and reducing potential for damage.
Beginning the season with a seed treatment, such as
CruiserMaxx® Potato helps young potato plants fend off attacks
from the Colorado potato beetle. Featuring a neonicotinoid
insecticide and fungicide, as well as an exclusive drying
agent, CruiserMaxx Potato provides long-lasting protection,
maximizing yield and crop quality. Combining Cruiser® seed
treatment insecticide and Maxim® 4FS seed treatment fungicide,
CruiserMaxx Potato will help protect seedlings against a
broad-spectrum of sucking and chewing insect pests, in
addition to Colorado potato beetle. Also, CruiserMaxx Potato
provides protection against all major seed- and soil-borne
fungal disease pathogens.