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Early season vegetable pests can be managed

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By David Harrison

 It is important to get vegetable seedlings and transplants off to a good start. There are a few early season insects that need to be managed to ensure plant establishment and healthy stands.  

Tobacco and potato flea beetles will attack both tomato and pepper plants. Usually, the plants will quickly outgrow moderate damage. Occasionally, serious damage can occur to plants less than six inches. Use four or more beetles per plant and plants less than six inches as the guideline for treatment.


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