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Medium_collage_1_ Small black insects on chilli leaves

Hi there. I am growing chillis and have recently noticed activities of attached insects on the plants. There is no noticeable damage as such but considering the fact that I am growing eight types of chillis and have done quite significant investment, I was wondering if there is anything to worry about? On average, they are 2-3 pieces per leaf.

Submitted: 11:42PM, 18 Dec 2017
Answer: Hi Fahad,

Thank you for contacting Yates.

The bug that is in the photo resembles that of the flea beetle. This beetle can attack vegetable plants in your garden by having a feast on the leaves.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any products in our range that are registered to target this pest. As we don’t have any products in our range that are registered for this purpose, the best advice we can provide for control is to use a hand removal method. This is best done in the late afternoon when the beetles are not as fast moving. Get a bucket of soapy water handy place underneath the trees branches. Shake the branch to remove any of the beetles and drop them into the bucket of water.

Whilst they are under a bit of stress we recommend keeping the feed up to them to help the with some additional nutrients that they will be lacking. Feeding with Thrive Naturals Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food can assist with the nutrients as well as the stress with its added seaweed.

If you do have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the Yates team again.

Kind regards

Stephanie
Yates Horticulturalist

Answered: 04:49PM, 19 Dec 2017

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