Posted on 19 August 2007 by

Tomato Pest: The Flea Beetle

By Danny Thompson

Tomato Pest: The Flea Beetle -

Photo Credit: Metallic Flea Beetle – Psylliodes sp. by servitude used under CC BY-NC 2.0

And since tomatoes are, in essence, bags of water, this can be devastating.

If your plants start looking dessicated and your leaves are looking like the bottom of your colander, then flea beetles could be your problem.

And, since they can survive through the winter in the soil or on weeds and other growth when your tomatoes are dormant, getting rid of them is crucial.

Nematodes can effectively control flea beetles, killing the larvae before they have a chance to mature.

You can also use insecticidal soaps. Also, sprays made of crushed garlic can help, or ashes sprinkled around the base of plants.

Finally, there are many foliar sprays that can help get rid of them (though some of these have beens shown to reduce fruit yield…so ask your provider before using).

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