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Saint Louis, MO

October 21, 2009
2:55 PM

Post #7193412

My cosmos are being devoured by spotted cucumber beetle. any suggestions? We should be getting a freeze soon but what can I do now to prepare for next spring? I spotted many large preying mantids earlier in season but not lately.


Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 26, 2009
4:38 PM

Post #7210163

When I see bad bugs, I squish them with my fingers, except June Bugs and Japanese Beetles - they bite!

You might try putting some soapy water in a small container and knocking the cucumber beetles into it. That's what I do for the June Bugs and Japanese Beetles.
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

October 27, 2009
5:24 PM

Post #7213836

Beneficial nematodes sprayed on your soil in the spring should help control them. The beetle lays eggs at the base of the plant in the soil so when the larva hatch the nematodes will find them.


Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 19, 2009
6:09 PM

Post #7290043

I recently read that these beetles' eggs are light weight so tilling over winter throws them to the surface and helps reduce the number hatching.

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