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Vegetable Gardening: The Cucumber Beetles have arrived

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SteveOh
Cherry Grove, OH
(Zone 6b)

May 29, 2012
4:29 PM

Post #9143882

Just as I picked our first cuk, after a relatively pest free spring, we are blessed with both spotted and striped beetles. Only a few so far, but I know I'll be watching the cucumbers and squash very closely. The beetles spread bacterial wilt quick as lightning.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 29, 2012
9:16 PM

Post #9144256

The spotted beetles larvae live in the soil and eat plant roots. They are called Southern Corn Rootworms. But they dont just eat corn. They feed on plant roots and bore into germinating seed, large roots, and underground stems. This damage may result in wilting and stunting of plants or plant death.

I lost a whole row of spinach one year. I had a severe cucumber beetle infestation, the previous year, and I kept noticing that the spinach plants were sitting on top of the ground, they didn't have any roots...then I got a bunch of insect info from the extension agency and...I realized what a huge problem they really are.
SteveOh
Cherry Grove, OH
(Zone 6b)

May 30, 2012
5:27 AM

Post #9144471

That's good to know, 1lisac. I had heard they don't overwinter here.
I'll have to do some research, thank you.

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 30, 2012
7:26 AM

Post #9144614

I saw a striped one the other day, but it got away before I could squish it!
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 31, 2012
12:43 PM

Post #9146393

I actually found that info in some paperwork I got from the Ag agency. I didn't realize their life cycle either. The Ag agent told me that Cucumber Beetles were a nuisance pest, and not much to worry about.. Then I read the paperwork and thought "What the. ? ". Like you said they spread diseases too. I just found that out recently, no I have 0 tolerance, for them.
SteveOh
Cherry Grove, OH
(Zone 6b)

May 31, 2012
2:45 PM

Post #9146581

Zero tolerance from me, too, 1lisac. Last year the Cucumber Beetles spread a bacterial wilt to my squash and some of the cukes. They cut my season short by about 6 weeks.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

May 31, 2012
3:00 PM

Post #9146596

Yeah me too, DARN PARTY CRASHERS!!!
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 31, 2012
7:47 PM

Post #9147031

Some insects I can live with, but not those. I was out in my garden this evening and found a cutworm wrapping itself around one of my bean seedlings. It's not doing that anymore.

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