Veggies getting holes in florida - Knowledgebase Question

st. petersburg, Fl
Question by tokoindo
May 30, 2009
i noticed my tomatoes and hot peppers are getting symetrical holes in them.
i don't believe a mammal could do this.
i also noticed one of the tomato plant leaves have similiar holes.
thank you in Tampa

Answer from NGA
May 30, 2009


Flea beetles produce a characteristic injury known as "shotholing." The adults chew many small holes or pits in the leaves, which make them look as if they have been damaged by fine buckshot. Young plants and seedlings are particularly susceptible but will outgrow the damage as they mature. Diatomaceous earth is one of the more effective repellents, applied as a dry powder to the plants. Neem insecticides also have some repellent effect on this insect.

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