Flea Beetles

Flea Beetles

Flea beetles are, around 1/10 of an inch long, shiny, black or brown beetles that jump when disturbed. They damage plants by chewing small "Shotholes" in the foliage.

As adults, they overwinter in the soil or garden debris and become active in spring.

There are many ways to control them. Here are a few listed below.

  • 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 high using Diatomaceous Earth or Bonide Neem Oil, in fall, remove garden trash and plow under weeds to reduce overwintering sites.

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