Pickleworm eggs. Sigh.
With brave heart but foolish head, I am again attempting to grow cucumbers here in South Florida. Unlike last year, I've been able to grow out some lovely and healthy vines, free of the aphids and melonworms that ate up the foliage last season.
I had a few fruits look like they were developing nicely, but the telltale puncture holes and frass tipped me to cut them open and see all the little caterpillars inside. I've been checking each new fruit that they throw out, and sure enough every one of them gets coated with pickleworm eggs - usually right after the spines come out, before pollination. I've tried removing the eggs by hand, but I'm afraid that I'm damaging the developing fruit or blossom. None are maturing.
Any suggestions? Other than to stop being so stubborn and trying to grow cukes?