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by duckie on April 19, 2005 10:43 PM
For some reason these bugs are attracted to the color yellow.The yellow sticky traps work quite well.

Last year I wised up and made my own.Use any kind of stiff yellow paper.I've been saving those foam plates that meat comes on.Put a twig or bamboo skewer through both sides so it stands up like a sign.
Coat it with vaseline.

This has worked great for me.If your infestation is really bad. neem oil will work too.

[flower] happy bug huntin' [flower]

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by debraw on April 22, 2005 12:03 AM
Wow, thanks so much for the answer. I'm getting the vaseline right now!
I sure like when I don't have to use chemicals
by Jiffymouse on April 23, 2005 04:17 AM
hey duckie [wayey] will you post that in the frugal gardening section too???
by Wild Bill on March 10, 2006 09:40 PM
I have used tobbacco dust to contol flea beetles. It is organic.
by weezie13 on March 10, 2006 10:39 PM
And for Companion planting and being organic...

If you plant radish's near another plant that usually gets devoured by flea beetles, the fb's will go to the radish's first and leave the others' alone..
And the radish's grow fast enough too, where they are not bothered by the fb's chewing...

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by Buglady on March 18, 2006 11:08 AM
with the yellow sticky cards, don't forget that yellow attracts and will trap your beneficials as well as pest insects.

also i tried the marigolds in my eggplants to repel the flea beetles, they were worthless.. and by the end of the summer the Japanese beetles ate all the marigolds.

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by weezie13 on March 18, 2006 12:51 PM
I realllllly like the radish's...
They did a great job with them and keeping them off of my Wonder Egg Plant....

Well, I should say, they got on those plants and as soon as I moved the containers to where the radish's were, they were gone..........

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by peppereater on March 19, 2006 02:38 AM
I agree about the marigolds being worthless. I have heard that they deter certain harmful nematodes when turned under, though.

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by Buglady on March 19, 2006 02:46 AM
i would be interested in knowing then how that impacts the native beneficial nematodes that help control things like flea beetles and other pests that spend part of their life in the soil.

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Educating the world... one bug at a time
by peppereater on March 19, 2006 03:05 AM
I often wonder about those things. I am very reluctant to spray even "safe" pesticides when I see beneficials present, and I lose a lot of vegetables because of that! Also, being a butterfly gardener, I often forfeit a lot of vegetables to cabbage loopers and other caterpillars. I'm a little too generous that way... [grin] [Big Grin]

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