Saturday, June 1, 2013

Eggplant and Flea Beetles

HELP! The flea beetles are eating my eggplants!

Im declaring war! I've tried several things...
1) Plain soapy water
2) Cayenne Pepper and soapy water spray
3) Diatomaceous Earth (DE)
4) Crushed mint leaves

The only thing, so far, that has seemed to work (other than the DE, but it washes off with rain, and I worry about our bees), is the crushed mint. That worked instantly, however, only about 12-hrs. I was thinking about making a soapy water and mint spray to see if that does the trick.

Do you have any tricks to deter this pesky little guy?

-Live Simple, Be Happy-
Magnolia Holler


  1. I'm having the same problem with no solution. My plants are looking a little sad now.
    Farmhouse hugs,

    1. Hi Cindy! I may have found a solution...I made a lemon juice spray! About 1 cup fresh lemon juice (all pulp and seeds strained out), and 1/4 cup water. Mixed in spray bottle and sprayed liberally on my eggplants. So far the flea beetles are staying away! (Though I've also transplanted a few toads and spiders in that direction as well) so I'm not sure which is working...but something is!

  2. I am sorry to hear. Gardening can be such a disappointment at times with all the darned bugs and such.
    I have no solutions for you but I hope someone can help!!