Return to the Vegetable Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Black bugs eating eggplant leaves

Posted by newtogardening99 5 (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 24, 08 at 0:12

I have noticed that some small black bugs seem to be eating the leaves of all my eggplant plants (Japanese Ichiban, Black Beauty and a small purple Indian eggplant). All the leaves have tiny holes in them all over and when I looked closer I saw some small blag beetles/fruit fly looking things. I have pictures of the creatures but I am not sure how I can post an attachment on here.

Any ideas on how to get rid of them?

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Black bugs eating eggplant leaves

Flea Beetles

Mulch, diatomaceous earth

Here is a link that might be useful: Flea Beetle FactSheet

RE: Black bugs eating eggplant leaves

Cover your eggplant with row covers and keep them covered until they start to bloom. Then you have to uncover them for pollination, but at that point the leaves are MUCH less appealing to the flea beetle.

RE: Black bugs eating eggplant leaves

  • Posted by grandad 9a Louisiana/Sunt28 (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 24, 08 at 10:13

If you are not against using chemicals then Sevin would also work. Be careful to NOT dust the flowers.. don't want to kill any bees..

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Vegetable Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here