Beginner Eggplant Growers forum: tiny black bugs

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Imagesjweld
May 23, 2010 8:48 PM CST
Name: Sheri W.
SouthCentral WI

I planted out a few of my eggplant plants last weekend and I noticed today there are tiny holes in the leaves. Upon closer inspection I could see a LOT of little black bugs eating away at the leaves. Grumbling I would have taken a picture to post but honestly they are just tiny round black things. All you would see is a black speck.

Any idea what they are and more importantly WHAT CAN I DO TO GET RID OF THEM??

Thanks for any help!
Imagestephanietx
May 29, 2010 6:40 PM CST
Name: Stephanie
Fort Worth, TX (8a)
Try a mixture of water and Murphy's Oil Soap. Just put a capful or so of soap in a spray bottle and apply. Be sure to do it early, early in the AM or late at night so you don't burn the leaves. Get the undersides and stems.
Imagesjweld
May 29, 2010 9:16 PM CST
Name: Sheri W.
SouthCentral WI

THANKS!
ImageGymgirl
May 31, 2010 6:55 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
They're FLEA BEETLES...google them.
Imagesjweld
May 31, 2010 8:16 PM CST
Name: Sheri W.
SouthCentral WI

Thank you, I just did and it seems that a hot spell can actually cause them to go away. They do seem to be gone now (haven't seen any for several days) and we have had some very hot weather. BUT, does the heat just drive them underground? Is there still something I should do or should I just wait and see if they come back? I have another 6 plants to put out yet and I haven't yet because of these bugs.

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