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Old April 2, 2016   #2
Zeedman
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Look up the predatory wasp Pediobius foveolatus, which attacks the bean beetle larvae. There have been some good discussions regarding their use on other forums. You can find a list of potential sources here: http://www.ct.gov/caes/cwp/view.asp?a=2815&q=376726

The only bad news is that the wasps seldom survive over winter, so must be purchased each year. Like most predatory insects, it requires a certain population size of their target host to sustain them & keep them from moving elsewhere... so they would be most effective for large plantings, or if other beans (and soybeans) are grown nearby.

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