Answer: Most likely you have flea beetles which are a common pest of vegetables. They are excellent jumpers and can transmit diseases to the plants. Garlic sprays are effective against flea beetles if it makes contact with the beetles. Neem or pyrethrum are both good organic controls. Be sure to thoroughly spray all parts of the plant, especially under the leaves.
To control the problem next year, be sure the garden has a thorough fall clean up to prevent overwintering of the pest.
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