FLEA BEETLES??

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FLEA BEETLES??

Postby Compo » Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:28 am

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Think this the flea beetle on my swede seedlings? If so what can I do about it?
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Re: FLEA BEETLES??

Postby Monika » Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:13 am

Rub some vaseline, slow drying glue or lard on a piece of wood and slowly pass it closely over the plants. The flea beetles jump up, stick to whatever you have used and then it's up to you what to do with the little beasties. Alternatively, hose them off repeatedly or use an insecticide.
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Re: FLEA BEETLES??

Postby Westi » Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:32 pm

Bane of my life as well! The general advice is to mesh cover them from sowing but it doesn't work, little blighters still get in. Thanks Monika for the vaseline/lard hint. I have not heard that before but makes sense! Too late for my current Pak Choi but planning a re-sow!
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Re: FLEA BEETLES??

Postby Compo » Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:21 pm

And how about an organic insectiside like bug off?
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Re: FLEA BEETLES??

Postby Stephen » Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:26 pm

I'll have to try the vaseline trick.
No lard in this house but I guess butter would be equally suitable (anything sticky - I might use some double sided tape)
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Re: FLEA BEETLES??

Postby Westi » Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:42 pm

Not sure if you'd get them with bug off Compo. Little gits jump off from the lightest foot fall & I've actually never seen one, but I'm unsure how long bug off is active just by being on the leaves - might be a deterrent dependent on that though?
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Re: FLEA BEETLES??

Postby vivienz » Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:16 am

I found enviromesh (other brands are available) to be effective against flea beetle. I grew a small row of turnips in one of my raised beds at the start of the season and covered it with mesh. Once the foliage has developed, the little beetles were hopping and jumping all over the surface of the mesh. As it is, I should have let them in as I decided I don't like turnips and put them in the compost heap.
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Re: FLEA BEETLES??

Postby Westi » Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:00 pm

:) :) Funny vivienz! x
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Re: FLEA BEETLES??

Postby Cider Boys » Thu Jul 16, 2020 8:30 am

I've always used vehicle grease it is cheaper than Vaseline.

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Re: FLEA BEETLES??

Postby hilary » Thu Jul 16, 2020 8:50 am

Last year I had a real problem but so far this year not too bad. Interestingly Farmers round here have reduced the amount of rape they grow due to neonicotinoids ban which may or may not help with the problem. They seemed to have turned to linseed,
much prettier and less spraying required.
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