Garden Pests – Colorado Potato Beetle

Colorado potato beetle eating potato leaf
Colorado potato beetle eating potato leaf

Common Names For Colorado Potato Beetle

  • Colorado Potato Beetle
  • Mexican Bean Beetle
  • Bean Leaf Beetle

Scientific Name

  • Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say)

Garden Plants Affected By Colorado Potato Beetle

  • Beans
  • Peppers
  • Eggplants

How to Control Colorado Potato Beetles

  • Spray or dust with garden safe pesticide when beetles appear, and weekly, as necessary
  • Use yellow sticky traps.  Adult Potato beetles are attracted to the color yellow and can be captured with traps.
  • For eggplant start plant indoors and transplant as large seedlings.
  • Companion planting with Tomatillos


  • Young eggplants are vulnerable to potato beetle attack.  Look for damage when the first leaves unfold

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