Help! Little Black Beetles

woodtracy(z7 AL)June 8, 2005

Can anyone tell me what type of bug this might be? It is a tiny black beetle that is eating the petals off my Rudbeckia and Purple Coneflower. Does anyone have any solutions? I will attempt post a picture soon. I have a couple in a glass of soapy water that I caught. Any help is greatly appreciated. I am very angry with these creatures.

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woodtracy(z7 AL)

I forgot to say that they are eating the petals off before the flowers get a chance to bloom.... UGh! So all I have left are the centers.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2005 at 9:23AM
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anaturelover(z7AL)

If they eat little holes all over the leaves and petals, you could have flea beetles. Flea beetles if you have them will jump around when you shake the plants. Little and black.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2005 at 9:55PM
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dinabear(z7AL)

Also Japanese Beetles are small and kindof black (irredescent). They are eating my crepe myrtles and my clemtis.

Dina

    Bookmark   June 22, 2005 at 4:44PM
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rebeckia(87120)

I have the same little pests on my collard greens and stock. I found this website (among others) that give extensive information on them but no natural remedies. If anyone finds a natural remedy for the little bugars, I'd love to have it. http://www.oznet.ksu.edu/dp_hfrr/extensn/problems/fleabeet.htm

    Bookmark   June 22, 2005 at 11:12PM
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SouthernOhioGal(z6 Southern Ohi)

I, too, have these little black monsters! They have ruined the looks of my purple coneflowers for the past two summers. Has anyone used beneficial nematodes for these little guys and/or the wonderful Japanese beetle?

    Bookmark   August 16, 2005 at 10:44AM
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mad5669(z7 DE)

I have found that sprinkling some Sevin-5 Dust on plants and soil will kill virtually every harmful bug out there. It is safe to use around pets and even on pets that have fleas and ticks. You can find it at just about any garden supply store.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2005 at 11:19PM
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roseyp8255(z8 - SC AL)

Sevin is what i use for just about everything also - no harm to anything, including my animals. However, no luck on fire ants, as usual.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2005 at 11:42PM
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deb857

I have the little devils also. Took a picture and will probably send to my local extension service to see what they are..would like to post a pix here but can't figure out how...I'm new to the forum.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2006 at 2:00PM
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