Cucumber beetles – and there are a few varieties – are very destructive garden pests. The adults damage plants, leaves, and flowers of many types of plants, not just cucumbers. Their larva, which hatch in soil, eat plant roots. For gardeners, this group of beetles is highly destructive, especially to younger plants and seedlings.
How To Spot Cucumber Beetle Damage
In smaller plants, something has chewed the stem into and separated the plant from its roots. In plants that are established the leaves are yellowing or sections of a branch are wilting. This is because the beetles have impacted the stem.
They Are Everywhere
We often notice the small green beetle with the black spots, but the striped cucumber beetle is just as damaging. The difference between the two is their niche – what they eat. The green spotted variety are generalist – they attack many different types of plants and plants that are outside of the cucumber family. The striped variety are found on cucurbits – plants in the cucumber family. These plants include the vines such as melons, squash, cucumbers, etc.
One of the most overlooked problems of cucumber beetles is that fact that they are carriers. They transport the bacteria, fungi and other spores from one plant to the next and across different species of plants. At the current time we are not aware of a study that shows whether or not these beetles transmit virus and bacteria from plant to plant in their saliva, but technically, that is a possibility too.
The best way to see if you have a cucumber beetle problem is to visit your blooming squash plants early in the morning. These blossoms tend to close at night and create a lovely and safe overnight environment for the beetles. Look into the blossom. If there are beetles present, then your garden is at risk.
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