Fig Leaf beetle

Pests Guide

Signs of the Pest

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Fig beetles are metallic dark green on top with a tan-colored band edging their forewings (known as elytra), and have iridescent green legs and undersides.

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These create scalloped edges on leaves and damage fruit skin

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They are not detrimental to the garden, but can reduce your garden bounty if they are feeding on it before you are!

Solutions to the Pest

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Turn over compost frequently in spring to deter growth of grubs

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Control larvae populations in the summer.

Prune leaves with larvae or beetle clusters, and destroy.

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Fig beettles are attracted to rotten fruit, so remove any rotten fruit that have been nibbled, or that have dropped to the ground.

Pick your ripe fruit daily to prevent this rot.

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If you canā€™t get around to harvesting your fruits as often as you should, consider covering your trees and shrubs with a physical barrier (like alightweight floating row cover or insect netting), which will keep fig beetles, birds, and other pests off your fruits.

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Hand pick and discard fig beetles as you find them.

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Make a sweet bottle/bown trap to lure fig beetles.

Place sweet water/beer/fruit juice in a bottle/cotainer and wait for beetles to arrive and drown.

Dispose of water in your compost.