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Anthracnose 
Blossom-end rot 
Catface 
Curly top (Beet curly top virus) 
Late blight 
Mosaic viruses 
Physiological leaf roll 
Sunscald 
Verticillium wilt 
White mold 
Insect
Aphids 
Brown marmorated stink bug 
Colorado potato beetle 
Flea beetles 
Slugs 
Spider mites 
Tomato hornworm 



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Caption: Adult flea beetle damage on potato leaf
Photo by: Unknown
  
Tomato : Flea beetles
(revision date: 1/27/2016)


Biology
Flea beetles are small, brown to metallic black beetles with a habit of jumping like fleas when disturbed. They feed on many plants including potatoes, beets, kale, collards, radish, and many weeds, particularly those in the mustard family. Adults eat small round holes in the leaves, usually early in the season. The larvae typically feed on underground portions of the host plants. Damage can be very severe on seedling plants.
Management Options


Non-Chemical Management
  • Keep garden and adjacent areas clear of weeds which may attract flea beetles.
Select non-chemical management options as your first choice!

Chemical Management

Follow label instructions and apply when beetles are first seen.

Listed below are examples of pesticides that are legal in Washington. Always read and follow all label directions.
  • Azamax Botanical Insecticide, Miticide, & Nematicide [Organic]
    Active ingredient: azadirachtin  |  EPA reg no: 71908-1-81268
  • Bonide Captain Jack's Deadbug Brew R-T-U [Organic]
    Active ingredient: spinosad (spinosyn A+D)  |  EPA reg no: 4-472
  • Bug Buster-O [Organic]
    Active ingredient: pyrethrins  |  EPA reg no: 1021-1771-54705
  • Bull's-Eye Bioinsecticide
    Active ingredient: spinosad (spinosyn A+D)  |  EPA reg no: 62719-314-56872
  • Naturalis L
    Active ingredient: Beauveria bassiana  |  EPA reg no: 53871-9
  • Safer Brand BioNEEM Multi-Purpose Insecticide & Repellent Conc [Organic]
    Active ingredient: azadirachtin  |  EPA reg no: 70051-6-42697
  • This list may not include all products registered for this use.
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Caption: Adult flea beetle damage on potato leaf
Photo by: Unknown
Caption: Adult flea beetle damage on potatoes
Photo by: S.J. Collman