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.
Adult cucumber beetles can be controlled in a variety of ways, including prevention and treatment. To begin, there’s hand-picking, which has been shown to be rather effective.
You can reduce beetle damage to a minimum if you just walk your rows of crops every day and remove those that are infested. There are better ways to deal with pests than spraying insecticides immediately. It kills helpful insects as well as the beetles it can kill.
Beetles are the primary food source for ladybugs, green lacewings, and braconid wasps. The beetles may be able to return to the area without any natural enemies or predators if these insects are killed. Only severe infestations necessitate the use of an organic spraying solution, as you’ll see in the next sections.