Managing Flea Beetles in Your Organic Garden

When it comes to growing your own food, garden pests like beetles are notoriously some of the worst offenders. Tiny black beetles known as flea beetles are especially pesky, and if not controlled quickly, can infest and kill garden plants quickly. The good news is it fairly easy to control beetles in garden plants using organic methods.

Since flea beetles can go unnoticed for quite some time, it is likely that by the time you notice them in your garden, they have already infested it. Therefore, it is imperative that you treat your garden as soon as you notice they are eating your garden plants.

Here are three methods to help control flea beetles:

1. Trap Crop Plantation for Flea Beetles and Garden Bugs

Planting trap crops such as radishes or mustard plants on the outside perimeters of your garden will help to repel beetles. Garden plants will eventually grow large enough that the beetles won’t be able to kill them, but until then, the plants are very vulnerable. Strategically placing trap crops can help manage the flea beetles until the plants are no longer small enough to be in danger.

2. Spraying Soapy Water

A mixture of one part dish soap to three parts water poured into a spray bottle and sprayed on the leaves of garden plants is a proven way to help deter the nettlesome pests. Spraying the plants will kill the flea beetles or make them fall off the leaves, plus, spray residue coating the leaves will help keep the beetles from returning.

3. Spread Mulching Materials

Mulching materials such as crushed eggshells and coffee grounds spread throughout the garden will also help keep flea beetles off of your precious plants. Either spread them over the entire garden, or place them on mounds at the ends of your garden rows. This method not only helps keep flea beetles away, but many other harmful bugs and critters as well.

As you can see, there really is no need to put harmful chemicals on your garden in order to keep pests like flea beetles at bay. With a little bit of determination and ingenuity, you can keep your garden producing delicious fruits and vegetables without risking your family’s health by adding chemical products.