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I have these little tiny beetle bugs. I suspect they are the mexican jumping bug thing. They are all over my tomatos, they eat the leaves until I wonder if the tomatoes will survive. What can I do to get rid of them? P.S. They eat my potato plants too.

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I think you have black western flea beetle.  We had information on control of flea beetle in our last vegetable newsletter.  Please read it and let me know if you need more information.

http://utahpests.usu.edu/ipm/files/uploads/Advisories-SFV/2008/SFV-IPM-0
5-16-08.pdf

Here is a factsheet for flea beetle on pepper from UC Davis: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/r604300611.html

Read over the cultural recommendations and biology. Chemicals recommended on the UC Davis fact sheet may not be registered for use in Utah, so go with our recommendations.

Please feel free to email me more questions.

Posted on 13 Jun 2008

Ryan Davis
Arthropod Diagnostician, Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Laboratory

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