Flea beetles

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  1. Cayuga Morning

    Cayuga Morning Strong Ash Plants Contributor

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    I think my potted veggies have flea beetles. Anyone know if any organic way of dealing with them?
     
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    Try this homemade spray to control the flea beetles:
    2 cups rubbing alcohol,
    5 cups water
    1 tablespoon liquid soap

    You could also try dusting the affected plants with talcum powder (non scented) it helps repel flea beetles on tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and other plants.
     
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    Cayuga, Eileen's spray works really well. It needs to be re-applied after a rain. Make sure you use liquid soap, not detergent. This spray works on almost all soft-bodied insects, so your ladybugs are safe!
     
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    Be careful spraying when there's bees around do it in the evening when they've gone for the night.
     



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    Thanks all. I'll try it.

    Ok. The deed is done. Fingers crossed.
     
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    This is the damage. Does it look like flea beetle damage? I did see one teeny tiny black beetle on the leaves. PXL_20210606_110937979.MP_compress62.jpg PXL_20210606_110947503.MP_compress85.jpg
     
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    no. that doesn't look like flea beetle damage to me. nor have I ever seen flea beetle on tomatoes. eggplant, potatoes, things with thick sturdy leaves but not tomatoes. that actually looks more like environmental damage such as too hot of water being sprayed on the foliage when first running the "solar warmed" hose. pick those leaves off and put them in the trash. don't compost them or leave them on the ground... just incase it is a fungal or viral issue.
     
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    Thanks Carolyn.
     
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