Name: Mexican Beetle
Species: E. varivestis
Infestation is largely confined to areas where moisture is added to the field by irrigation. Adult beetles come out of hibernation, where they have spent the winter months under collections of brush or leaves, as soon as warm weather arrives.
Bean is the preferred host, and includes most varieties of snap beans and lima beans. The common weed beggarweed or beggar tick is believed to be a natural host. The insect can also live on cowpea, lack-eyed pea, and soybean, and may attack mung, adsuki, and velvet bean, alfalfa, and clover.
Method of Travel:
- Cultural control efforts may include destruction of overwintering locations and late planting of the soybean crop.
Steps to control:
- Good, long lasting, low-toxic methods of insect control can be done with Knock Down Indoor and Plant Flying & Crawling Insect Killer or other Knock Down products listed below.