Some home gardeners have been finding sap beetles in some of their fruits and vegetables. These beetles are generally small, between 1/8 – ¼ inch long, oval, and dark colored. Some sap beetles have orange spots on their wing covers.
|A picnic beetle, a common type of sap beetle.|
Photo: Tom Murray
The best management for sap beetles is to pick fruits and vegetables regularly as they ripen and remove any damaged or overripe produce in your garden and dispose of by burying or bagging them. This helps eliminate smells that could attract them to your garden. However, once sap beetle find your garden, they can be challenging to eliminate.
Insecticides, such as carbaryl or permethrin, can kill sap
|Pick up fallen and damaged fruit to prevent|
attracting sap beetles to your garden.
Photo: Jeff Hahn, U of M Extension
Depending on the product, this can take days or even weeks. By then the sap beetles have likely returned. If that is the case, try to use a product with as short of a time interval as possible.
See also Sap beetles in home gardens