Keeping Flea Beetles Away From My Eggplant - Knowledgebase Question

Hyde Park, NY
Question by mtw315
June 12, 2000
I have tried to grow eggplant in the past. They grow wonderfully to the point where the fruit starts to develope. The fruit gets to about 4" and then the flea
beetles attack the plants, make lace out of the leaves and
the plants die.

How can I control these beetles (preferably without chemicals)?

Answer from NGA
June 12, 2000


Covering the plants with a light, summer weight row cover early in the season will exclude the flea beetles. Be careful too to clean up and remove weeds in and around the garden each fall to limit the number of pests wintering over.

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