Posted on Thursday, July 06, 2006 - 03:56 am EST :
I have a problem with my nasturtium, that is, there are black bugs, I think it is Pollen Beetle(s), what can I do??? And what should I do? It all started when I noticed (yesterday) pollen beetle on sweet pea, an in one day, nasturtium was full as well. Could it harm my climbing iceberg (standing next to it)? Thanx for your time
Kalista- Schleswig-Holstein, Zone "7"
Posted on Thursday, July 06, 2006 - 01:28 pm EST :
They sound like Pollen Beetles. Try an insecticidal soap. Nasturtiums are a trap crop, usually intended to lure insects from a crop that you want to protect. For example: You could use them along cucumbers plants, so that cucumber beetles do not harm them. The upshot of this, however, is that the nasturtiums turn into the more attractive plants to eat. Once they are infested, they are usually dug up, not eaten and thrown in the compost heap.
Charles- Wisconsin, Zone "4b"