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Gwen14-Sep-01 03:15 PM EST 2b   
Ann14-Sep-01 07:54 PM EST 4b   
Brian @ P&P Plants15-Sep-01 01:56 PM EST 3   

Subject: Those black bugs
From: Gwen
Zone: 2b
Date: 14-Sep-01 03:15 PM EST

I have had several infestations of tiny black bugs this year. I don't know what they are, but they appear to jump rather than fly, they are shiny and hard. They almost destroyed my allyssum,and Kholrabi, I seemed to get rid of them temporarily with that crushed crysamthumum dust. Anyone else have these pesky critters? Ideas on ridding my garden of them?

Subject: RE: Those black bugs
From: Ann
Zone: 4b
Date: 14-Sep-01 07:54 PM EST

It sounds like you had flea beetles, they are hard to get rid of because they jump as soon as you put dust on the leaves they are eating. They come and go usually a couple of times a season but they can make quite a mess of plants. Anyone have any sure-fire method of getting rid of these pests?

Subject: RE: Those black bugs
From: Brian @ P&P Plants
Zone: 3
Date: 15-Sep-01 01:56 PM EST

Those Flea Beattles/Leaf Hoppers are surely a pest for the Cabbage & Mustard famlies of vegetables. I have quit trying to grow Cabbage, Broccoli, Turnips & Cauliflower as the bugs just sucked the life out of the leaves. They use Sugar Beet and Canola as their main plants. If you live in a Farming area where these crops are grown, then you probably have these bugs. I don't know of a way to combat or contol them in the garden when they are so prolific on the farms. I find it easier to go to the store for those vegetables.

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