Pepper Insects

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Pepper Insects


Plants are clipped off at ground level. The insects injure the plants at night and hide in the soil during the day. Plants grown on black plastic are more susceptible. Damage from later generations is less severe since the plants are larger and better established. Diazinon granules control cutworms on peppers.

Potato Beetles

Adult potato beetles are yellow and black but the larvae are red. Early damage is most severe at the growing tips but becomes more general as the insects spread. Sevin flowable, Rotenone(1), and Diazinon (5), may be used.


Green peach aphid sucks sap causing a downward leaf curl. The insect is a carrier of mosaic. Use sprays of Diazinon(5) or Rotenone(1).

Flea Beetle

Flea beetles are 1/8 inch long, black, bronze, or blackish with light lines. They eat many small holes (shotholes) in the leaves. The larvae feed on roots. Use Sevin, Rotenone(1), Methoxychlor(7), or Diazinon(5).


Hornworms are large green caterpillars with a prominent horn. They eat large amounts of foliage. A small number of the insects can be controlled by hand picking. Chemicals that may be used are Rotenone(1) and Sevin.


The adults migrate from the south and injury occurs when the larvae tunnel in the fruit. The larvae also travel from fruit to fruit. This insect will be controlled with applications of Sevin.

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