Small holes in my pepper leaves

dirtaddshpMay 13, 2012

Hello,

i didnt have this problem last year but this year i see these tiny dots in the leaves of all my pepper plants (5 different strains). And some holes in my tomato plant too which one identical.. see pics below. What is this? it seems to be stunting my plants growth.

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habjolokia

Look up Google click Images type in flea beetle damage. Also set sticky traps to be sure.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2012 at 6:10PM
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esox07

Acid rain!


Bruce

    Bookmark   May 13, 2012 at 6:32PM
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ottawapepper

Have you looked under the leafs? Anything there?

    Bookmark   May 13, 2012 at 6:40PM
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dirtaddshp

ah wow yes it appears to be Flea beetles! Ill get some food grade DE and spread it around my garden.

thank you!

    Bookmark   May 14, 2012 at 8:28AM
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habjolokia

Before you attack may want to be 100% it's flea beetles, that's why I mentioned sticky traps. I always want to know what's wrong before trying to attack or resolve some other non pest related issue like nute or soil difficiency.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2012 at 8:38AM
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ottawapepper

Slow down!

As habjolokia said, before you attack know what you're dealing with.

Frankly, from your pictures, I'm not sure it's a pest. Besides the holes you have some malformed leaves, yellowing leaves and dieing leaf tips. To me at least, it suggests it may be an environmental or nutritional issue.

Put out some traps as suggested.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2012 at 6:32PM
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habjolokia

Agree with Ottawapepper, could you post pics of the plants in their current state? Would be helpful and describe the conditions temps/watering/ferts

    Bookmark   May 14, 2012 at 7:13PM
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