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24/11/2011 at 15:29
On my allotment i find that flea beetles are not as selective as your article suggests. They love a wide range of plants from radishes to turnips. I had never heard of them before working on the allotment.

What would interupt their life cycle - apart from killing the adults when they have already attacked the crops?

Valerie
24/11/2011 at 15:29
Before using thiacloprid, imidacloprid, acetamocloprid or any other neonicotinoid pesticide, I recommed visiting the Buglife website, to read their report summarising independent research on neonicotinoids. They kill bees & other non-target insects - eg. butterflies etc. Miniscule amounts impair the ability of insect to function resulting inevitably in death. Also, seek out the fact sheets from the US environment agency -you may get a shock! We used to manage without them & can now.
24/11/2011 at 15:29
thought the sticky solution was an excellent organic idea - have just tried it using a piece of tree band (for protecting against insects).
Seems to have collected quite a lot of the little beasties - will continue daily and see how it goes.
Have protected my newly planted brassicas with small tunnels - hope this will keep them protected
24/11/2011 at 15:29
valerie1's comment above is understandable because turnips, radishes and swedes are all part of the brassica family and so are subject to flea beetle attack.
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