ARBICO 16 Research in Colorado showed that garlic extracts are successful in suppressing flea beetles, but indicates that it may provide partial control only. University of California, Davis, CA. While effective in reducing fleabeetle damage, Surround degraded fruit yield and quality there also were problems removing the clayresidue coating from the fruit. A. 7A. 8. Anecdotal reports have suggested that catnip might repel flea beetles. Rodale Press, Emmaus, PA. Sticky traps for flea beetles. Some species also vector serious diseases such as potato blight and bacterial wilt of corn. Research by organic gardeners in failed to confirm this information, however.
Spring, Alexandra, and Eric Day. 22 Fields should be regularly monitored to determine if and when any pesticidal agents should be applied. 1 Life history varies somewhat with species, but appear to pass the winter in the adult stage, sheltering under plant debris in the field, field margins, and adjacent areas. Caldwell, Brian. MayJune. Sources of sticky traps include ARBICO 10, and Golden Harvest Organics. Organic Gardening gardeners report. McGrawHill Book Co., New York, NY. One example is Microcotonus vittage Muesebeck, native braconid wasp that kills the adult flea beetle and sterilizes the female flea beetle. University of California, Davis, CA. Hutchinson.
Anon. Box Tucson, AZ 857381247 8008272847 5208252038 FAX infoarbico. com Golden Harvest Organics These approaches are typified by cultural and biological controls, which will be discussed first. 6, 9 Reference is made to individual traps placed every to feet of row. 1 They become especially troublesome when weedy areas begin to dry up. Flea beetles cause the greatest damage by feeding on cotyledons, stems, and foliage. Apparently the practical trap crop is Chinese Southern Giant Mustard Brassica juncea var. 5Rowcover materials such as Reemay can be used to cover seedlings and provide barrier to adult beetles.
To retain effectiveness, reseeding of the trap crop be necessary, especially if the destroys the first planting. Organic Gardening. 2 Growers can manage the diversity of the farm system, such as cover cropping, rotation, and interplanting those that use special knowledge of biology, such as delayed planting and those that take advantage of existing onfarm resources. Summer. 12 Unfortunately, these procedures are often in conflict with good sustainable practices that strive to maintain soil cover and field buffers. 14. 614. 9. Plant & Advisory. Chaput, Jim. Cultural and biological options are discussed along with alternative pesticidal materials.
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