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Those Harlequin bugs are still busy...

Posted 8/5/2015 8:17pm by Brien Darby.

They love to attack anything in the brassica family (kale, broccoli, cabbage, mustard, cauliflower, radish, etc.)

The best way to control them at this point in the season, is to manually remove them (and thier eggs) from the plant.  This will significantly cut down on their populations and is much, much more effective then trying to spray them or use other insecticide treatments.  I've heard from fellow community gardener Emily Hunter that a thorough watering before you begin the process will "bring them out."  Once you see them, grab them and place them in a container with rubbing alcohol or another substance that would drown them.  Please don't compost these little critters!

Later in the season, it is very important to clean up all debris from your garden.  Harlequin bugs can over winter in the garden.  However, if we are able to cut down on their populations now by removing them, this will go a long way.