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Help! Cucumber beetles have taken over the garden.

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I am new to this forum and would appreciate any advice on how to rid my garden of cucmber beetles. I garden in Hot North Central Texas.

I have never had a problem with Cucumber beetles before this year and now it is my main problem. I have tried Horticulture oils, pyrethrins, setting out traps baited with cucmbers and water (Jerry Baker tip that did not work at all) and killing at least 100 a day. I  am at wits end! Does anybody know anything that will get these nasty disease carrying pests under control before I lose everything? They are on my tomatoes, squash, zukes, cukes, beans, onions and corn.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

JSig

Out here in Texas Cucumber Beetle Hatin!


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amitb writes: Jsig, garlic-based pesticides ward off aphids, cabbage loopers, grasshoppers, June bugs, leafhoppers, mite, squash bugs, slugs and whiteflies. Garlic also prevents fungus and has antibacterial properties. Using it in combination with a horticultural oil like neem will slow down the cucumber beetle. For quick action, use a cordless vacuum early in the morning before most beneficial insects are moving. Look for the cb's on the sunny side of plants, structures, your house, etc. and quite a few can be neutralized with the vac. Next, look for their larvae around any plant that has large surface roots, like corn, sunflowers, sunchokes, amaranth, etc. and suck them up as well. Finally, a long-term biological solution is to apply beneficial nematodes 4-6 weeks before the first frost or in early spring when the soil temp is above 55 degrees F. Buglogical.com supplies a mix of two types--Hetrorhabditis bacteriophora / Steinernema carpocapsae--that is highly effective as a biological control.
Posted: 3:23 pm on November 22nd
tobagomitch writes: I osterise garlic and neem leaves with a spoonful of dish washing soap for all my vegetables.could use neem oil as replacement for leaves.

Posted: 5:27 pm on November 11th
grow2eat writes: hey Jsig. I'm no expert, but I'm using neem oil. I also am in Texas under this severe heat. Grasshoppers were eating my plants faster than I could watch. I now mix 1oz. dishsoap in 1 gallon water, mix well, then add 1oz. neem oil mixing well again. put it in my sprayer and spray my vegetable plants top and bottom till the leaves look wet. Seems to be working.
Couldnt hurt to try it. Neem oil is not toxic, does not effect pollinators, but stops pest from eating. Look it up on the internet.
Good Luck
grow2eat in hotter n heck east Texas
Posted: 10:48 am on July 18th
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