Pests of cabbage and ways to deal with them

Pests of cabbage and ways to deal with them

Gardeners in the process of growing cabbage often faced with the problem of its defeat by pests. Unfortunately, there are a lot of parasites that damage this cruciferous vegetable. Consider which cabbage pests exist and how to destroy them.

  1. Leaf-eaters
  2. Green barides
  3. Whiteflies
  4. Flies
  5. Wavy fleas
  6. Gall nematodes
  7. Belyanki
  8. Moth <
  9. Anger <
  10. Scoops
  11. Bedbugs
  12. Black-spotted flea beetles
  13. Black-spotted mosquitoes
  14. Black fleas
  15. Conclusion

Leaf beetles

Leaf beetle is an insect of impressive size, so it is easy to detect . H A green beetle with a green tint and brown paws affects almost all varieties of the Cruciferous family plants.

Insects spend wintering under leaf cover, plant root debris and in dung lumps. Mass exit to the soil surface is observed in early summer.

Leaf-eating female beetles begin to intensively eat young foliage of plants, gnawing holes in them and laying eggs in these places.

There are various methods that help protect cabbage from these insects:

  • make autumn digging of soil n area;
  • after harvest carefully remove the section from the remnants of weeds and roots;
  • to plant the seedlings early.

Green barids

You can distinguish these parasitic cabbage pests from others by color and size. These are beetles of dark blue color with a greenish tint, size from 3 to 4 mm. They have a clearly visible line in the middle on the back. Thin furrows are located on the wings of these insects.

Parasites hibernate in the soil at a depth of a few centimeters. They rise outside in the spring when heat is stabilized and the soil warms up well. It is during this period that seedlings are planted in open ground.

Gnawing pests gnaw passages in young stems, eat leaves. You can identify them by the yellowness of plants, their growth retardation and through holes in shoots.

Fighting cabbage pests with folk remedies involves deep digging of the plot in early autumn, the destruction of all plant cabbage residues and weed grass. At the advanced stage of the defeat by the beetles, they need to be treated with insecticides.


Whiteflies are one of the most common cabbage pests that infects almost all varieties of garden crops. In appearance, an insect measuring 2-2.5 mm looks like a moth. The whitefly may have a white or yellowish body.

Females lay eggs on the inside of the leaf. In the process of growth and development, insects secrete a sweet sticky substance, which attracts sooty mushroom.It can provoke the development of many diseases, mainly fungal, so often the leaves of infected plants are covered with black spots.

Опрыскиваем рассаду от вредителей

We spray seedlings from pests

It is very difficult to deal with pests of this type of cabbage on our own. First, insects are lured with tobacco. Then, special baits for whiteflies are installed on plants and near them.

An effective method of control is spraying leaves with water, then loosening the soil and fertilizing it with humus.


The fly does tremendous damage to cabbage plantings. Pupa of a fly measuring 8 mm winter in the ground. With the onset of spring, females begin to intensively lay eggs in the ground next to the stems and roots of seedlings.

The larvae that appear after a week begin to gnaw the roots of young seedlings, then root insects gnaw through the passages in the stems of plants.

Fight with pests of cabbage is carried out by spraying the aerial parts of plants with a solution of burdock. To protect cabbage from pests, the following infusion should be prepared: pour 2 liters of finely chopped burdock leaves with a bucket of warm water, insist for 48 hours. Filter the plantings with filtered solution.

If necessary, the treatment is repeated after 10 days.

Spraying is carried out after removal from the site of plant residues of weed grass and other garden crops. After harvesting, the soil is dug up.

To reduce the harmfulness of such a pest, young plants are spudded after planting in open ground. Thus, they have additional roots due to which plants can still be saved.

Wavy fleas

A distinctive feature of this pest is the presence of lemon strips on each wing. A beetle with a black carapace and black paws about 3-4 mm in size is called a wavy flea. In appearance, this insect looks like a black flea. The only difference is dwelling in wetter conditions and the color of the insect.

With the onset of warm spring days, the female parasite rises from the soil to the surface and makes the laying of testicles. After 10 days, the appeared larvae begin to intensively eat the roots, leaves and stems of plants.

After 3 weeks, the larvae turn into pupae, and after 2 weeks a new offspring of insects appears.

The fight against these parasites is carried out using tansy infusion. It is prepared as follows: 700 g of dry grass or 1.8 kg of fresh foliage is poured with a bucket of warm water. Then this mixture is boiled for 40 minutes, insisted under a lid for 3 hours, filtered.

Treatment regimen: spraying seedlings is carried out in the evening every 2 days. The number of treatments per week – no more than 3.

2 weeks before heading out, folk remedies are not used for spraying plants.

Gall nematodes

Галловые нематоды поедают капусту снаружи и внутри

Gall nematodes eat cabbage outside and inside

This microscopic worm-like insect harms young plantings of the Cruciferous family. The length of its body is 1-1.5 mm.

Most often, this pest is affected by seedlings grown in greenhouse and greenhouse conditions.

A microscopic worm penetrates the root system of plants and eats it from the inside. Defecating, this pest releases a poisonous substance, which on the surface of plants is converted into growths or galls. Inside these blisters, larvae develop, which are also no less dangerous for young seedlings. Plants affected by this cabbage pest lag behind in growth, as a result of which the yield indicators and taste qualities of vegetables are reduced.

Processing cabbage against underground pests involves the complete replacement of old soil with new soil to a depth of half a meter. In addition, a deeper layer of soil is watered with an insecticidal solution.


This bloodworm can be found in almost all regions of our country. Butterflies with white or lemon wings with black patches on the surface lay eggs on the underside of seedling leaves.After 7-10 days, caterpillars hatch from them. Belyanka eats all seedlings, and in a short time it is able to destroy all plantings.

When the plantings are severely damaged, the plants stop growing, they don’t tie out the head, and its cap is damaged. Often such plants die.

You can save cabbage from pests of this species in two ways:

  • Plant a bed of carrots, dill or onions near the plants. These garden crops, highlighting a specific smell, repel insects.
  • Attract entomophages to the area with plantings. These insects devour harmful parasites, thus saving useful vegetation.

To protect the garden vegetation from the invasion of these pests, you must regularly inspect the lower part of the leaves of plants.

In order to prevent and To combat them, plantings can be sprayed with wormwood infusion. 2 such treatments are carried out after 5 days.


These pests are especially dangerous for plants of the Cruciferous family. A butterfly about 1-1.2 cm in size of dark gray color with four wings makes the laying of green eggs on the inner surface of the leaf. Small worms eat leaves of plants, damage heads of cabbage.

To control pests of this type of cabbage, gardeners recommend thorough cleaning of the site from the remains of weed grass and useful vegetation of the Cruciferous family.

To increase the immunity and resistance of plants to parasites and diseases, the following drugs are used: potassium chloride in combination with superphosphate. Top dressing is done in a foliar way. These folk remedies help not only fight harmful parasites on their own, but also destroy many diseases.


Гусеницы зимуют в почве

Caterpillars hibernate in the soil

Fireflies are moths with brown wings and transverse stripes on their surface. The wingspan reaches 3-4 cm. The insect damages almost all useful vegetation in the garden. Cabbage is his favorite treat.

Pest caterpillars spend the winter in the soil, and with the onset of heat they turn into moths.

Females lay eggs on the inside of the cabbage leaves. Caterpillars hatch from them, which devour leaves, gnawing holes in them.

The methods for controlling the fire are as follows:

  • carry out a deep autumn digging of the soil;
  • plant cabbage early, before the beginning of summer moths;
  • catch butterflies with their hands or a net, luring at night with a lamp, animals also help in this;
  • completely remove the remains of weeds and cabbage from the area.

Such plant protection will help preserve young plantations and get a good harvest.


A scoop is a butterfly pest with a wingspan of up to 5 cm. The upper wings are brown in color with light spots, the lower ones are light brown in color. Caterpillars of cabbage scoops have a characteristic feature: bright yellow stripes on the body on the sides. She loves to feast on cauliflower, Beijing cabbage, broccoli and white cabbage.

You can treat cabbage from pests with a decoction of red hot pepper. For the preparation of a therapeutic agent, 1 kg of fresh chopped pods and a bucket of warm water are required. Pepper is poured with water and boiled over medium heat for about an hour, then it is cooled, filtered and poured into containers.

Before spraying, add 200 g of pepper broth and 50 g of ground laundry soap to the bucket. To get rid of these parasites, 2-3 treatments with the prepared solution are required. You need to spray with a periodicity of 2 weeks.

Another remedy is used against cabbage scoops – a solution of white powder mustard. For 1 liter of water put 1 tsp. substances.

Also, moths are caught using light in the dark. In addition, preventive measures include deep digging of the soil in the fall and thorough removal of weeds from the site.


The bedbug damages almost all varieties of plants of the Cruciferous family. Insects that sit in the soil all winter, crawl out with the onset of heat. They settle on leaves, stems of plants, laying eggs.The larva that came into the world eats everything that comes in the way.

The best protection against the invasion of the cabbage bug is to plant bitter wormwood next to the seedlings.

It will also not be superfluous to carry out the treatment to control cabbage pests plants infusion of wormwood. 2.5-3 kg of crushed fresh raw materials are poured with a bucket of water, insist day. After this, the infusion is boiled for half an hour, cooled and filtered.

Избавиться от вредителя возможно

Get rid of the pest Possibly

You need to spray the plantings 2-3 times in the evening with a frequency of 10 days. If necessary, in order to finally get rid of this disease, additional treatment can be carried out.

Radical secretive hunters

Radical secretive hunters – insects of a dark gray color, about 3-4 mm long . In front, they have a long and strong proboscis of black color.

The larvae of the insect are white, without paws, horseshoe-shaped. Pests overwinter under fallen leaves. With the onset of heat, the females crawl out, climb the stems of plants and lay eggs on the surface of the leaves. Females gnaw stems, making moves in them. Over time, they sink to the roots and destroy them. On the root surface, one can see bloats (galls) in which a new generation of gnawing parasites develops.

There is no point in fighting these cabbage pests.In this case, careful digging of the soil in the fall, removal of fallen leaves, and plant debris from the site is required.

Before planting cabbage seedlings, quality control should be performed for the presence of growths and galls on the surface of the roots. Damaged specimens are rejected because they can cause the development of the disease.

Petiolate mosquitoes

A microscopic insect resembling a regular mosquito has transparent wings, a yellow-green body, the length of which – about 2-3 mm.

This pest most often damages cauliflower, savoy and white cabbage. Pupa of an insect winter in the soil. As soon as the heat is stabilized, the females crawl out and lay eggs in the leaf petioles. Larvae suck out all juices from young petiole leaves.

Plants affected by the petiole mosquito stop growing, their leaves shrink and turn yellow.

You can treat cabbage from pests by decoction of wormwood according to the above recipe with a frequency of 3 days.

For prevention, it is necessary to keep the site clean and to regularly dig the soil in the autumn.

Black fleas

Black fleas – microscopic black bugs about 3 mm in size. They are one of the most dangerous for cabbage seedlings. Beetle larvae are five-millimeter, yellow, with a black head and 6 paws.

In spring, females lay eggs in the soil and on its surface.Gnawing larvae hatch after a few days and begin to feed on the juice of stems and roots. Adults eat cabbage foliage.

To date, existing folk remedies and industrial preparations in the fight against these insects are powerless. The only protection is a deep digging of the soil, cleaning the site of vegetable debris.


If you give the plants competent care, regularly carry out preventive measures, you will never have to face the loss of young seedlings and the future harvest.It’s enough to take note of the description of the agents for cabbage pests and the methods of their use.

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