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Haughton, LA

May 31, 2010
6:42 AM

Post #7845176

I was being over run by cucumber beetles a couple of weeks back. I went to the feed store and the lady there recommended Martin's Vegetable Plus. The active ingredient is Permethin. I mixed up and sprayed a couple of gallons over everything (including soaking the soil around around the base of squash, cucumber, and eggplant.) It was a miracle. I am now virtually cucumber beetle free.
La Porte, IN

May 31, 2010
9:10 AM

Post #7845536

RADISHES worked for me last year to keep the cuke beetle away and possibly the vine borer. Plant at least one seed beside every cucumber seed you plant. More is better. Then leave them all summer, let them go to seed and harvest the seeds. This year I probably have a thousand radish seeds and they're being planted beside almost everything in the garden especially the vining plants i.e. cukes, cantaloupe, watermelon, squash, pumpkins. Get them started as early as you can so they're big enough to repel the beetle when the other plants emerge. As I type this I can see a white moth sitting on one of my cabbage plants. Gotta go...
Kapolei, HI

May 31, 2010
10:29 AM

Post #7845778

I don't have any tips on controlling them, just a humourous comment - one of my daughter's friends named them "Manly Bugs" as they look like lady bugs, but they're not... kinda cute...
Albuquerque, NM

May 31, 2010
1:30 PM

Post #7846278

The only problem with the Martin's Vegetable Plus is that permethin is stuff you probably don't want to eat...despite being sold as a vegetable aid. I don't have cucumber beetles but I DO have squash bugs, who carry the same wilt bacteria and who are thoroughly entrenched in this area, which has seen cucurbits cultivated for a thousand years. I live in the Rio Grande Valley of N.M. very near the site of several ancient pueblos. I've finally managed to raise enough cukes, melons, and squash for myself---though not enough to sell---using row cover until the plants need bees for pollination of their flowers. The large organic farm near me uses the row cover throughout the season, uncovering the plants early every a.m. for the bees and then re-covering them midday. I don't have enough help available to do that but even the spring protection allows that plants to mature at least some fruit before they wilt.
Atlanta, GA

May 31, 2010
4:33 PM

Post #7846753

Thanks so much, Puppysmiles, for your comment. I have been planting nasturtiums with my cukes, which seems to help--but now will also plant radishes.

The past two years I have harvested cucumbers for a few weeks until the wilt got them--then started a couple of new vines, and still had time to harvest more. (Zone 7/8)
Refugio , TX
(Zone 8b)

June 1, 2010
9:53 PM

Post #7850750

My biggest problem is aphids and my answer has been to just plant enough for all of us humans and bugs to share and then be sure to always have new plants coming up in succession. That way if a bunch of plants have cucumbers for a couple of weeks before the bugs get them, we still can enjoy cucumbers. Sometimes I'll have 15 plants at a time in various stages for our family of four. This has worked pretty well. Also, neem works very well and only kills sucking, chewing bugs. This means beneficials are generally unharmed. Humans take it as a health supplement, so it is definitely not harmful. This still is my last resort, however, since I hate spraying...
N.E., WI
(Zone 3b)

June 5, 2010
5:16 AM

Post #7860368

Garlic oil and "cedar gard" both work well as deterents, I generally see 3 hatches with about 3 weeks in between. The early ones in May are the scouts I think ;-)

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