Flea beetles are having a feast on my peppers. I know there are several pesticides that will work, but was wondering if anyone else has used something that worked well on these guys.
I actually had a dish with beer in it for the intent of catching slugs and snails. A nice surprise was that I was catching even more flea beetles in the mix. These were beetles earlier in the season for me, but it's worth a try.
Thanks, will add that to the pesticides.
I'd go with pyrethrin, because it is natural, and completely safe to use on veggies. The biggest issue one might encounter with pyrethrin is allergies and/or athsma. I have read that sticky traps work too. Diatomaceous earth powder is another thing that will work. Dust it on and around the plants.
Personally, I don't have any ideals that go against using pesticides, although I like to try not to use anything harsh. But, I also don't bother trying to screw around with less effective "safer" measures either, because I find that they just aren't as effective, and they take a lot of persistance. I prefer to just deal with the problem immediately, and not have my food crops suffer. So, if it was me with an infestation, I would douse them with something sooner then later.
I've had very good luck with diatomaceous earth.