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Cucumber Beetle

Description: The spotted cucumber beetle is notorious for spreading cucumber bacterial wilt. Body is 1/4" long, yellowish-green with 12 distinct black spots on its wings. Larvae grow to 1/2" long. The striped cucumber beetle is 1/5" long with yellow-and-black striped wings. Preferred foods: cucumbers, beans, melons, squash, pumpkins, corn and eggplant. Beetles lay their eggs in the ground near the base of the plant on which they feed. The larvae, also called corn rootworms, tunnel through vegetable roots, feeding for 2 to 4 weeks. Injured plants turn yellow and break off. Adult beetles end hibernation in the spring and suddenly appear in large numbers on vine and bean crops. Leaves are riddled and turn yellow.


Solution: For adult beetles use Rotenone/Copper Combo or PyolaTM Insecticidal Spray. For larvae, apply Grub-Away Nematodes. Super-Light Insect Barriers shield plants up to blossom time, when covers must be removed for pollination.

 



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