flea beetle

noun

Definition of flea beetle

: any of a subfamily (Alticinae, especially genera Alticia and Epitrix) of small chrysomelid beetles with legs adapted for leaping that feed on foliage and include some that are agricultural pests

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Caring for Kale Protect young plants with row covers like this Agfabric Floating Row Cover to stave off flea beetles and provide a buffer against any unexpected temperature dips. Zoe Schaeffer, Good Housekeeping, "10 Tips for Growing Kale This Fall," 9 Aug. 2018 The state departments of Agriculture and Trust Lands as well as several county weed boards are trying to round up flea beetles and disperse them to feed on leafy spurge, one of North Dakota’s worst noxious weeds. USA TODAY, "‘Molly of Denali,’ saloon discourse, ashes by mail: News from around our 50 states," 10 July 2019 To control, plant resistant cultivars and eliminate flea beetles. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthy Food By Identifying + Treating These Common Plant Diseases," 21 July 2015 When eggplants are grown in containers that are at least a foot-and-a-half off the ground, the flea beetles don't seem to find them as easily. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "The Secret to Growing the Most Flavorful Eggplants," 27 July 2018 If plants become infested, spraying Beauveria bassiana or spinosad may knock back the population of flea beetles and save your plants. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "The Secret to Growing the Most Flavorful Eggplants," 27 July 2018 Give Them Shelter Protect young plants with row covers like this Plant Protection Blanket to stave off flea beetles and provide a buffer against any unexpected temperature dips. Zoe Schaeffer, Good Housekeeping, "10 Tips For Growing Kale," 14 Feb. 2018 White traps lure whiteflies, plant bugs, cucumber beetles, and flea beetles. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Organic Pest Control Techniques For Your Garden," 18 Dec. 2017 Corn earworms, cabbage loopers, aphids, and flea beetles may also become a problem. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Your Complete Guide To Growing Okra," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of flea beetle

1842, in the meaning defined above

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