The striped cucumber beetle may seem harmless, but this mighty little bug chews holes in the leaves of cucumbers and squash leaving a buckshot appearance - but that's not their biggest risk. Striped cucumber beetles carry the bacteria Erwinia tracheiphila which is responsible for bacterial wilt. Once infected, your plants wilt and may die quickly.
Controlling cucumber beetles protects your foliage from being eaten, but also protects your garden from bacterial wilt and other diseases that result from a cucumber beetle infestation.
Chemical controls ~ Both carbaryl - sold as the brand name Sevin, and permethrin - sold as Ambush, are effective in controlling the striped cucumber beetle. However, these products do carry with them the added risk of injury to beneficial insects and pose a threat to pets and small children.
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Until Next Time . . . HAPPY GARDENING!