Flea Beetles

Flea Beetles

Flea beetles are small jumping insects that are found feeding on many home gardens early in the growing season. They are particularly fond of hot, dry weather and usually launch their most severe attacks on warm, sunny days. Once flea beetles start eating the leaves of a plant, you'll notice tiny pinpricks covering the leaves.

There are many ways to control or kill flea beetles.

* In springtime, plant trap crops before planting crops that are susceptible to them.

* Planting Dill, Parsley, and Lemon Balm will attract Braconid wasps that feed on adult Flea Beetles and sterilize the female from having more children.

* Using yellow sticky traps between rows is another way to reduce their numbers.

* If numbers become too great use Diatomaceous Earth or Neem Oil.

In fall, remove garden trash and plow under weeds to reduce overwintering sites.

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