Flea Beetle control
I planted some eggplants in my yard and i noticed that there are plenty of flea beetles on the sapling and they are eating away the leaves. how can i control or eliminate these beetles, what pesticides should i use to control them. it looks like they will eat away the plants. Cheers.
Prince George's County Maryland
Hi- flea beetle feeding on young plants can hinder growth and reduce yield over the season. Begin spraying with neem, neem oil, pyrethrins + oil (Pyganic), or horticultural oil to control the adults. You'll need to repeat sprays every 7-10 days.
Alternatively- if the injury is significant and the flea beetle population is high, you could purchase and plant new eggplant transplants and immediately cover them with floating row cover material or spray with insecticide.
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