The weather conditions are favourable for the Colorado Potato Beetle
It is still likely that new Colorado beetle infestations will be found. The longer the warm weather continues, the faster the multiplication and spread of the beetle will be. In addition, the Colorado beetles will spread into new areas with the air flows from any possible thunderstorm fronts.
Evira’s monitoring teams are continuing the surveys in the areas of Southeast Finland and North Karelia for the time being. Any potential sightings or suspected infestations of Colorado beetles are to be reported to Evira’s plant protection service or to the TE-centre’s plant protection inspector. The general emergency phone number for reporting the findings is 0400 442 209.
Additional information for reporting of any findings and photos and information about the Colorado potato beetle may be found on Evira’s web pages at the address: www.evira.fi/koloradonkuoriainen
For additional information:
Senior Inspector Atro Virtanen, Evira, phone 020 77 25047 and 040 7049607
Chief Inspector Ville Welling, Evira, phone 020 77 25072 and 040 7764502