ERASE GREEN SHIELD BEETLES
Green shield beetles, aka green vege bugs, are sapsucking menaces that drain the life and vitality out of a wide range of plants. Deal to them as soon as you spot them, as they are fast breeders. Catching them by hand is a good method of control. Early in the morning is a good time to hunt for them hiding under leaves. Hold a jar under the bugs and they’ll leap off the plant and fall into the jar. Crush beetles (wear gloves) and drop at the base of the plants. The stinky smell is a warning to other beetles, which often drop to the ground, where they can be stamped on or caught and crushed. Another tactic is to grow sacrificial “catch crops” that attract the beetles away from edible crops. Cleome and sunflowers work well.