imuneekru
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Removing leafminer eggs?

Hi! I have a very small garden (like, in a flat Rubbermaid bin). Today I noticed what I've ID-ed as leafminer eggs on two of my beets. I was able to scrape them all off, because I am OCD like that.

I've read that supposedly they lay their eggs inside the leaves, and you have to remove the infected plants and/or leaves. Is that true? Or can you actually get rid of them by just scraping the eggs off if you don't have a big infestation?

Thanks!

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Re: Removing leafminer eggs?

What do those eggs look like for I don't notice leafminers until the damage of the leaves are done...those squiggly lines or/and blotches on the leaf. I just pick the leaf off and toss in a garbage bag. The culprit is usually still inside the leaf meaning larva.

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Re: Removing leafminer eggs?

You are right the leafminer eggs are inserted in to the leaves and you won't see them. I'm guessing they are eggs of something else. Like shady said, what do they look like?

When you get the leaves with the squiggly lines showing leafminer larvae at work, just pull and discard the leaf. You don't need to get rid of the plant.
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Re: Removing leafminer eggs?

I wish I could post a photo. They are tiny white cylinders, about 5 each in a very neat line. I rubbed them off very easily from the underside of the leaves.

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Re: Removing leafminer eggs?

You can post a photo, very easily these days since our upgrade. When you have the post message box up, scroll down to the bottom where it says "upload photos" and attach your photo file from your computer.

Not sure what your eggs are. But most likely if you can get rid of them all, then you are fine and don't need to do anything else. But you will need to keep monitoring all your leaves.
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Re: Removing leafminer eggs?

The leaf minor fly lays its egg in the leaf and will be a small bulge in the leaf if the larvae is still in there. Often, by the time you notice the damage, the miner had already flown off. I don't discard whole leaves if I don't have to. You can pinch or squish the end of the trail where the larvae is hiding. Miner damage is minor and I tolerate it since the leaves are still useful for photosynthesis. If I pulled off every imperfect leaf, my plant would be bald.
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