What is eating my rutabaga?

What is eating my rutabaga?

What is eating my rutabaga?

Rutabaga Pests The rutabaga is enticing to a number of insects. Among those most attracted to the plant include the following rutabaga pests: Foliage munching caterpillars. Seedling destructive cutworms.

What kind of bug eats mustard greens?

Pest description and crop damage Flea beetle adults are metallic greenish brown to black in color and from 0.06 to 0.12 inch long. They derive their name from their well-developed hind legs; when disturbed, they jump like fleas.

What is the most problematic insect in crucifer plants?

A group of three caterpillars, known as the “cabbageworm complex,” causes most damage to crucifiers. These include the cabbage looper, diamondback moth larva, and the imported cabbageworm. The cabbage maggot is the most important pest of crucifers in western North Carolina.

How do I keep bugs off my turnips?

If the populations get too large, you can treat your plants with some type of insecticide. Oils like neem or canola oil or insecticidal soaps will generally work to control the cabbage aphids infesting your turnips. If you do apply insecticidal soap, do so in cloudy weather that is less than 90 F.

How do you keep bugs away from greens?

Placing a copper ring around the base of plants will help deter slugs and snails. A floating row cover (lightweight fabric) either laid on the plants or held up by wire hoops can be used to keep insects like cabbage loopers, bean beetles, cucumber beetles, and squash vine borers off your plants.

How do I keep bugs off my mustard greens?

1. Combine five parts water, two parts isopropyl alcohol and 1 teaspoon of dish liquid in a spray bottle. Spray the collard greens thoroughly, contacting all parts of the leaves once a week, to control flea beetles.

How do I get rid of mustard beetles?

Dusting powder is an alternative to spray. On diseased mustard leaves, a little dusting of diatomaceous earth can be applied. Diatomaceous earth is non-toxic to humans and plants, but it will kill bugs if they come into contact with it.

How do I get rid of cabbage bugs?


  1. Manual Removal.
  2. Floating Row Covers.
  3. Plant Purple & Red Varieties.
  4. Use Polyculture & Companion Planting.
  5. Beneficial Insects.
  6. Decoy Moths.
  7. Bacillus Thuringiensis (Bt) Spray.
  8. Neem Oil Spray.