i am having a terrible time with flea beetles on my eggplant and peppers....
i am having a terrible time with flea beetles on my eggplant and peppers. Would it be wise of me to use a chemical insecticide this year to eliminate the infestation? I understand they will over-winter if I don't destroy all of the plant matter and I don't feel this is possible which I'm afraid will lead to a larger problem next year.
Howard County Maryland
Flea beetles are usually more a problem on young plants. If plants are flowering, they can tolerate some damage. You do have the option of dusting the foliage with diatomaceous earth. See our Vegetable Profile on flea beetle for more information and control options. http://extension.umd.edu/growit/insects/flea-beetle