Kale Pests Essay

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stsTypes of Pests that are a problem when growing Kale: ------------------------------------------------- Flea Beetles ------------------------------------------------- Where they are found ------------------------------------------------- Many species of flea beetles are found throughout the United States. Their life cycle Adults emerge from the soil in spring to feed and lay eggs on the roots of plants. They die out by early July. The eggs hatch in about a week, and the larvae feed for 2 to 3 weeks. They pupate in the soil, and the next generation of adults emerges in 2 to 3 weeks. These pests produce up to four generations a year before the final generation of adults settles down for overwintering. Organic damage control Plant susceptible plants as late as possible to avoid the most damaging generation. Cover seedlings and potato shoots with floating row covers until adult beetles die off. Lightly cultivate the soil around plants before and after planting to destroy any flea beetle eggs and larvae in the soil. Flea beetles like to hide in cool, weedy areas. Prevent them from hopping onto your susceptible crops by surrounding the crops with a 3-foot-wide strip of frequently weeded bare ground. Confuse the beetles by mixing up your plantings. Surround their favorite food plants with flowers and herbs like Queen Anne's lace, dill, and parsley, which attract beneficial insects. Non-organic Avid ------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------- Harlequin Bugs ------------------------------------------------- Where they are found Harlequins are found throughout the continental United States and reach southward through Mexico to its native countries in Cental America. It can be found in agricultural fields as well as home gardens. Its favorite foods include members of the cabbage

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