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Post Posted: Jul 7, 2019 12:46 pm 
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Their back! Time to pull out the DE and start the battle. They have been munching on my broccoli raab, arugula, bok choi, and chinese cabbage.

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Ugh, I hate those little buggers. Some years they are worse than others and can do quite a bit of damage.

So far my garden is not being hit too badly by them and I hope it stays that way. :praying:
I too find that DE works the best


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Don't kill all of them, they're the only bug that battles this noxious weed https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/agcons ... afy-spurge


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Post Posted: Jul 8, 2019 7:52 am 
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Point taken. But I don't have leafy spurge in my vegetable garden and do have flea beetles, so I will still use DE to get rid of them.


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For sure, take care of the garden! Ironically I just ordered these bugs from CO Dept of Ag to combat leafy spurge on my land. If only you could capture yours, we'd kill two birds with one stone ;-)


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Post Posted: Jul 8, 2019 8:39 am 
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Throw arugula seeds out among the leafy spurge and that will attract the flea beetles. :animated laughing:


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Post Posted: Jul 8, 2019 10:36 am 
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Throw arugula seeds out among the leafy spurge and that will attract the flea beetles. :animated laughing:


I vote for that!


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Are the flea beetles on plants in your greenhouse or outside? I always grow my lettuce and leafy vegetables outside and have never had flea beetles. (knock on wood)


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Outside.

They don't seem to be interested in my lettuce, just the arugula, broccoli raab, mustard, bok choi, and chinese cabbage. But what they like probably depends on what you have growing in your garden. If you don't have arugula, they may be interested in lettuce.


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Post Posted: Jul 8, 2019 3:25 pm 
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Outside.

They don't seem to be interested in my lettuce, just the arugula, broccoli raab, mustard, bok choi, and chinese cabbage. But what they like probably depends on what you have growing in your garden. If you don't have arugula, they may be interested in lettuce.

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I've never had them in my greenhouse. Whew!
Flea beetles seem to like the spicy greens. Last year my arugula and mustard green crops fail (soil issue) so they went after my turnip greens. :thud:


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Maybe that's why I've never had flea beetles, I don't grow spicy greens and, after losing the battle with cabbage worms, I don't grow brassica either.


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Yep in that case the flea beetles won't be attracted to your garden banquet.


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