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How to Prevent Cucumber Beetles from Attacking Your Plants: Make Sure Your Plants Are Safe!

Looking for a few simple and efficient ways to keep the terrible cucumber bug away from your cucumber plants?

There’s no doubt about it: Cucumber beetles are the most harmful and destructive pests of all time. Bacterial wilt can be caused by just one bite from a cucumber bug. Sadly, that can be the end of the road for a healthy cucumber plant that was otherwise in good health.

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1. Protect Your Plants from Cucumber Beetles

Adult beetles can be eradicated in a number of ways. However, prevention is the most important aspect of any strategy’s effectiveness.

The first step is to remove all of your garden’s dead plants in the fall. The beetles will look elsewhere for a location to spend the winter if they don’t have a place to stay. Infestations are almost certain if you let them build their nests in your yard.
You can also prevent cucumber beetle attacks by covering your plants as soon as they become active. Adult females can’t lay eggs near the base of plants covered in floating row covers or micro-thin netting.

To be effective, row coverings must be installed early in the growing season. In most regions, they should be left in place until the end of June at the earliest. During this time, the female beetles will have finished laying their eggs in the soil, preventing any further damage to the plants.

Even if you’ve had major infestations in previous years, you might want to wait until the end of June or the beginning of July to plant your cucumber seeds or seedlings. Plants still have plenty of time to develop, but by midsummer, no new eggs can be deposited near them.

Protect Your Plants from Cucumber Beetles
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