Flea beetles

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Is this a Minor Pest?
Minor Pest Title

Flea beetles (Chaetocnema spp.)

Minor Pest Description

Flea beetles make small holes in the leaf when feeding, however, this damage is considered minor. Most important, these beetles are potential vectors of the Rice Yellow Mottle Virus. Flea beetles are small, and have enlarged hind legs and jump when disturbed.


Minor Pest What to do.
  • Use proper spacing. Populations of flea beetles are affected by the spacing of transplanted seedlings. Studies in West Africa have shown that population of this hispid beetle was higher in close spacing of 10 x 10 cm) than in wider spacing of 20 x 20cm (WARDA).
  • Keep bunds and surroundings free of grass weeds.
  • Destroy stubbles and avoid ratooning.
  • Ensure balanced nutrition. Avoid excessive nitrogen application.
Minor Pest Position
Minor Pest Firstcontent
Pest Type
Host Plants