Flea Beetles and the Arrival of Summer
After scanning the leaves we spotted a very small blackish-brownish bug, then we spotted a lot of these bugs. Searching through our Garden Insects of North America book (which is not enjoyable if you aren't a big fan of creepy crawly creatures) we've discovered these little suckers are flea beetles! I've posted a picture, they are incredibly small but you might be able to make out a couple of them on the bok choy leaf if you enlarge the photo. This morning we sprayed an organic insecticide soap on the leaves hoping this might deter them from munching on our veggies. After doing some more research on flea beetle control we read that insecticide soaps aren't too effective....so we'll let you know what luck we have with it. If it doesn't work, we'll most likely use some neem oil which is our go to cure for many pests.