Flea beetles

Flea beetles feed on plants making numerous small holes or pits.

Flea beetles are once again causing issues for gardeners across South Dakota. These herbivorous beetles can be a pest to many different garden plants, including tomatoes, peppers, beans, squash and lettuce.

The visible injury is caused by the adults. They feed on the leaves and stems of plants and leave behind many small irregular holes or pits. This injury can result in severe stunting or death of infested plants, especially for seedlings that don’t have the resources to grow out of it.


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