Cucumber Beetles

pshawn(9B, California)June 19, 2010

Anybody have any remedies for cucumber beetles (the green, lady-bug looking things)? They're eating my actinia fruit!

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taz6122(N.W. AR.6b)

Plant some cucumbers? I think sevin will work on any beetle.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2010 at 8:34PM
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eristal(9)

Seriously, I would like the same thing answered. But anything that works on all beetles would not make me happy. Almost every Passiflora in my yard has ladybugs on them AND those annoying green ones. Unfortunately, they seem to live peacefully together. They decimated my potatoes this year, and now are working on eating holes in my Passiflora leaves and flower buds. No fruits so far, thankfully! I would be really upset to lose my new hybrid potential.

The only thing we have been doing is to visually inspect the plants daily and kill them by hand. If anyone has tips on how else to eliminate them that does not require poison, I would be thankful. For instance, how does their life cycle work? Can we get them in a younger stage? Where do they sleep generally?

Thanks,
Eric

    Bookmark   June 22, 2010 at 3:49PM
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pshawn(9B, California)

Thanks for the additional questions Eric! I concur. I seem to be finding their larval stages (green caterpillar like guys) in my fruit. And, yes, they are destroying some of the hybrid fruits I've been so happy to see fruiting! Please help us!
-shawn

    Bookmark   June 23, 2010 at 12:42AM
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pshawn(9B, California)

OK, now I'm really mad. I just found a fallen fruit from one of the sidifolia hybrids I was really looking forward to growing. Before I lose my whole crop, does anyone know how to treat these little fruit-burrowing bugs???

    Bookmark   June 23, 2010 at 10:15PM
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taz6122(N.W. AR.6b)

BT should take care of the larvae.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2010 at 12:28PM
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pshawn(9B, California)

Thanks Taz. What is BT?

    Bookmark   July 1, 2010 at 2:37PM
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taz6122(N.W. AR.6b)

Bacillus thuringiensis is a natural bacteria genetically engineered to kill grubs and caterpillars that doesn't hurt any other living things. You can get it at lowes or HD.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2010 at 6:33PM
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pshawn(9B, California)

Thanks taz. My local HD didn't have any BT. I'll keep looking.

I waged war on those wily caterpillars today. Funny little things--they were hiding in the shriveled flower and feeding sporadically on the unripe fruit. So, I took all the shriveled flowers off the remaining fruit. Hopefully that will keep them away from the few fruit I have left. They seemed to like actinia and sidifolia, but left all my other passis alone.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2010 at 12:15AM
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