Cucumber Beetles How to Get Rid of Them
This article focuses on cucumber beetles how to get rid of them in your garden. Pictures of two types and how to prevent them from coming back.
Two Types of Cucumber Beetles:
There are two types of cucumber beetle, both look like a greenish-yellow ladybug. One has spots and the other strips.
The females will lay her eggs underneath the leaves of the host plant or at the base of the plant.
What Cucumber Beetles Eat
The cucumber beetles name comes from its appetite for eating its way through your cucumber, melon, squash type plants and ornamental plants. The beetles tend to be found on the leaves and flowers on the plants.
What Cucumber Grubs Look Like:
If you have weak stems, chewed leaves and marks on your fruit, you should start looking for the grubs (corn rootworm) or beetles.
The white grubs with brown heads will hatch and tunnel in the ground and eat the roots of your plants, starting the cycle all over again in the spring.
How to Prevent Grubs in Spring
The best ways to prevent your garden from being infected is to plant later in the season. Don’t plant right away in the spring when the females are looking to feed and lay their eggs.
Install screen or cones around your plants and sticking them a few inches in the soil prevent the beetle from lay her eggs in the soil near your plants. A cheap way to make guards is to cut the bottom off of the plastic nursery containers and place them around the plant and direct them into the soil around your plants.
What if You Have Them Currently?
1.) If you see the adult beetles, pick them off and squish them.
2.) If you have infected plants remove them immediately and burn or place them in the trash. Do not place them in your compost pile. If compost is used around flowers and plants later, it will just introduce the bacterial wilt throughout your yard.
3.) Treat with chemicals below.
What Chemicals Get Rid of Them
VEGETABLES PLUS PERMETHRIN.
This product is labeled for use on vegetables and fruit so it’s safe enough to treat the plants directly.
However, I am not one who likes to take a chance placing it around my plants when I am going to consume their fruits.
1.) After, the season ends or after pulling the plants treat the soil direct with the VEGETABLES PLUS PERMETHRIN mix.
This will really help because there is a strong likelihood you have an established population in your soil. Remember they can over winter.
2.) Check all the areas in your yard and treat anything that has damage. Treating just the vegetable garden will not help solve the problem if you are having the same problem in your flower gardens.
The problem will just return next year. They can overwinter in your soil, why let the cycle continue?
3.) Retreat the soil again early in the spring well before planting.
4.) Plant later. Place guards around plants when the plants are in the young stage and watch like a hawk for signs and take action immediately.
With just a little time and additional effort you will be back on the road to enjoying your garden.