The potato bug
, also known as the Jerusalem cricket, drew the most cringes.
I also found that white flowered geraniums ward off Japanese beetles and that nasturtium repels squash bugs, white flies, and the Colorado potato bug
I was reminded of this last year when I was diligently picking off all the potato bug
larvae I could find (into a glass jar part filled with water) when I noticed several different small shield type bugs attached to the potato larvae.
But I'd like to focus on the much smaller critters that somehow, and often inexplicably, have managed to get inside our house over the years--mice, frogs, potato bugs
, flies, fleas, mosquitoes, you name it--and what we have done about them (if anything).
Every potato grower since Abel has no doubt asked the question, "What do potato bugs
live on before my potato vines poke their tender little leaves up through the soil?
For example, planting scallions beside rows of potatoes- the onions will be mature before the potatoes need the room and they will also help deter pesky potato bugs
There was no difference between them, in growth or number of potato bugs
or anything else.
Plant horseradish in containers in the potato patch to keep away Colorado potato bugs
and Blister beetles.