No Colorado Potato Beetles found in late summer


<div>No Colorado Potato Beetles have been found during August. At the two findings this summer, in Parikkala and Sipoo, the beetles have been destroyed and no more beetles have been found after the month of July. The beetles’ permanent habitats in Russia are close to the Finnish eastern border, so it is still worth continuing to check for beetles in the potato plantings until the potatoes are harvested.</div>

It is worth checking for any signs of Colorado Potato Beetles in conjunction with the potato harvest. At this stage adult beetles are more likely to be found, as the Colorado potato beetles are currently preparing to hibernate. The beetle hibernates burrowed into the ground below the soil frost line in order to keep safe from the winter freeze. As the Colorado potato beetle only hibernates as an adult, any egg, larval and pupae stages will be destroyed with the frosts.

Any sightings of the beetle have to be reported immediately to the agricultural department of the TE Centre or to Evira’s plant protection unit.

Contact information for the reporting of any sightings and pictures and information about the Colorado potato beetle may be found in Finnish on Evira's Internet pages:

For additional information, please contact:
Senior Inspector Olli Elfving, tel. 020 77 25048
Senior Inspector Atro Virtanen, Evira, tel. 020 77 25047

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