The Q&A Archives: Insect damage on transplants

Question: My bell peppers & squash are under attack by a bug that either chews the edges of the leaves or saws them off entirely where they meet the stalk. I know it's either grasshoppers or a small, black, shiny shelled bug (approx .75cm long, 2 segments, head & body) that flees water. How do I figure out which it is and defend against it?

Answer: It's really difficult to control grasshoppers so, if you suspect they are feasting on your pepper and squash plants you might want to place a barrier between them and the plants. How about using a floating row cover (make hoops out of coat hangers to support the row cover over the plants) until the plants begin to flower. At that time remove the row cover so insects have access to the flowers for pollination. By then the pests should have moved on to greener pastures. I don't know what else to suggest! Hope it works for you.

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