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Help!! Bugs are eating my cabbage!!

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
They are little bugs. I spray them Sunday night with 70 % neem oil,
2 Tbsp to a gallon until they were wet. It got rid of some but not all.
I don't want to use chemicals, what else can I do. Help!!!!

Sandi
post #2 of 5
Figuring out what kind of insect is doing the damage is the first and most important step in determining what you can do to control it.

The two most common pests of the cabbage family are probably cabbage worms (tiny green caterpillars) and flea beetles (tiny black jumping beetles that make little round holes in the leaves). If it isn't one of those, can you describe what you're seeing and the damage it is causing?
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
It's a flea bettle. I still have some, but not as many as I started
with. The 70% neem oil said to spray again in 7 days. So maybe
that will help.

Sandi
post #4 of 5
Maybe something in this thread will help? http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=914069
post #5 of 5
Here is what my book says to do about flea beetles. "The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food"
  • Use row covers
  • plant as late as possible
  • seed thickly until the danger of infestation is past
  • attach sticky bands around the base of wintering plants
  • use yellow sticky traps for control
  • frequent fall and spring cultivation will expose eggs to predators
  • sprinkle wood ashes (moistened to prevent blowing) around the plant base, or mix equal parts of wood ashes and lime in small containers and place around the plants
  • a dusting of DE dries up beetles
  • vacuum with handheld vacuum. empty immediately into plastic bag
  • plant after a trap crop of radish or pak choi
  • sprinkle crushed elderberry or tomato leaves on vulnerable plants
  • mulch with chopped clover
  • companion plant with cover crops of clover or anuual ryegrass to reduce populations
  • interplant with shading crops
  • hot pepper or garlic spray
  • biological controls: apply beneficial nematodes in mulch or seed furrows
  • botanical controls: sabadilla, rotenone (1% solution), pyrethrin
  • Allies: candytuft, catnip, mint, shepherd's purse, tansy, tomato

I like the vacuum idea. Hehe
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