Answer: Tiny black bugs that hop are probably flea beetles, a chronic spring problem in many gardens. The adults chew tiny holes in leaves and like to destroy seedlings. The flea beetle has one or two generations per year and adults spend the winter in garden debris or weeds. So, to control next spring's outbreak, be sure to clean up the garden at the end of the growing season.
You can try controlling the pests with traps (cover a white board with petroleum jelly or Tanglefoot - the beetles will fly onto the board and get stuck). Cultivate the soil frequently to expose eggs, use homemade garlic or pepper sprays to repel the pests, or sprinkle diatomaceous earth on the soil around your plants. Hope these suggestions help you get control of the pests!
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