From: Organic Gardening Discussion List [mailto:OGL@LSV.UKY.EDU]
Sent: Monday, June 14, 1999 4:54 PM
Subject: Re: Flea Beetles - Help!!
I don't think the DE will help with flea beetles. Here's what works for us:
1. set up a good sprinkler and drench the plants with plain old water 2 x
day. Or hose them off if you don't have a sprinkler. The flea beetles never
seem to bother wet leaves.
2. Cover susceptible plants as soon as you plant them. We cover eggplant,
collards, mustards, arugula, tatsoi with remay and SEAL all edges with soil.
This works wonders with the greens. We had total success with eggplants,
But you have to take the covers off for pollination.
3. Once the plants are big enough, they aren't bothered much by the flea
beetles. Even potatoes that looked completely eaten did not seem to have a
decrease in yield.
4. Rotenone would probably work, but I don't use it.
Pa Certified Organic
Common Ground Farm
In a message dated 6/14/99 8:33:02 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
My garden is being overrun with flea beetles - not just on my peppers,
but on EVERYTHING.
Going to get some Diatomaceous Earth today. But wonder what I can do to
prevent/conquer such outbreaks.
I assume they're living in the grass - I'm on 10 acres of mostly
pasture, surrounded by 100s more. So, they're probably in the grass.
But I've never been inundated by one pest - usually, the problems are
local, and there may be several pests.
But this year - wow! We're in a drought here, so that prob. is also to
blame. And last winter was mild.
Thanks in advance -
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