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Flea Beetles – One Of The Most Destructive Garden Insects


Key Takeaways

  • Flea beetles can cause significant damage to vegetable plants by chewing on leaves and leaving tiny holes, which can be fatal to young plants.
  • These beetles are small, ranging from 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch long, and come in various colors including black, bronze, brown, blue, and gray.
  • Flea beetles are named for their ability to jump when approached, making them difficult to catch and control.
  • Different species of flea beetles target specific types of vegetables, with common targets including broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes, and beans.
  • Controlling flea beetle infestations requires prompt action to prevent further damage, and professional pest control services like Provincial Pest Control offer effective solutions and free inspections for customers in Toronto and the GTA.


Have you ever seen some tiny holes increasingly appearing on the plants in your vegetable garden? That is a good sign that flea beetles have taken over your garden! In North America, flea beetles are bugs that infest the most outside of homes as they can be an ongoing problem because adult beetles only need 10 degrees celcius to emerge and damage your plants. Also, they lay their eggs around plant stems and larvae feed themselves by eating the roots which can be difficult for you to grow any vegetables with beetles around!

How to identify them?

Throughout our number of experiences, the technicians at Provincial Pest Control can inform you that: under this category of pests, different types target specific types of vegetables like eggplant. While the common flea beetles mainly damage broccoli, cauliflower and any vegetable that belongs to the Brassica family. Of course, they can also damage other vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes and beans.

Flea beetles are part of a group of small leaf beetles that ranges from 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch long. Depending on the species, they have a round shape and are black, bronze, brown, blue and gray. They got their name “flea beetles” because they can jump to escape when they see you approaching!

The Damages

As mentioned before, adults can damage your plants by chewing on them and leaving tiny holes on the leaves. When they feed onto new and young plants, It can fatally damage and kill them.

However, flea beetles can damage both new and “mature” plants as they carry contagious diseases from one plant to another that cause the plants to wilt. That is why they are considered a pest!

If you suspect any signs of flea beetle infestations or have any other issues in Toronto or the GTA, please do not hesitate to seek assistance by calling us at 647-997-5080 or Get in touch with us to get a free inspection and be stress free!

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