What are they and what can I do?

Asked June 19, 2015, 3:46 PM EDT

I have many small (pinhead sized) white or tan insects that fly about the lawn when I walk on it. I also have flea beatles eating the small leaves on my potatoe plants. Are they the same insect and if so what can I do to eliminate them?

Polk County Oregon potatoes flea beetles horticulture

1 Response

Hello,
Below is some information on flea beetles. If there is moderate feeding, mature plants can tolerate some holes in the leaves. If the feeding is quite extensive, you may want to consider row covers over your plants.

http://www.metromastergardeners.org/files/insectinfo/FleaBeetle.pdf

http://insect.pnwhandbooks.org/vegetable/irish-potato/potato-irish-flea-beetle

In terms of the insects flying from your lawn, I cannot speculate on what these may be. Chances are they are not flea beetles. If you could collect a sample of some of the insects in a jar and bring them to your local extension office for identification, this would be best. Your Polk Co. Office is located at:

Contact Us:
Polk County Extension Service
289 E Ellendale, Suite 301
Dallas, OR 97338
Business hours: Monday - Friday 8-12, 1-5
tel: 503-623-8395
fax: 503-831-3059

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