UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA

Monthly Tip

Leafminers

Tip description

Watch for damage from leafminers on leaves of beets, chard, and spinach. Eggs are inserted into leaves and larvae feed between leaf surfaces, creating a "mine." Plant resistant species or varieties. Small seedlings can be protected by protective cloth. On plants such as cole crops, lettuce, and spinach, clip off and remove older infested leaves. Place leaves in plastic bag, and put bag in trash. Leafminers are often kept under good control by natural parasites. Insecticides are not very effective for leafminer control. See UC Pest Note on Leafminers for additional information.

Months applicable
  • October
Category
  • 3. Pests and Diseases

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