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Saving cantaloupe from cucumber beetle?

Post  No_Such_Reality on 8/27/2016, 10:23 pm

Enough said, saw many of these little guys tonight.  Those are striped cucumber beetles correct?   What's the best way to save the Jenny Lind cantaloupe it is on?


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Post  sanderson on 8/28/2016, 2:04 am

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Post  jimmy cee on 8/28/2016, 7:31 pm

Thats a tough battle. one I have been waging for many years. I have tried just about everything from traps to making my own flowers with attractant oils, etc without success. This season I may have started winning..Keeping beetles and others from getting to the vines. Netting, was so successful I actually had an abundance of cucumbers..My vines grew out of their protective nets and were therefore exposed to them...Netting is my way of going...pollination will be addressed


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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/28/2016, 9:24 pm

I have the ones with spots.  Barriers seem to be the way to go!

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Post  jimmy cee on 8/29/2016, 7:19 am

@Scorpio Rising wrote:I have the ones with spots.  Barriers seem to be the way to go!
Spotted cucumber beetles do not over winter in the north, they move up from the south, run their course and die.
Striped beetle do over winter in the north, they run their course, leave eggs, hibernate to do their thing the following season.
Both beetles carry a built in virus called bacterial wilt. This disease prevents fluids from reaching areas in a plant, the plant withers and dies.  It cannot be stopped once infected.

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Post  Ginger Blue on 8/29/2016, 4:24 pm

Masses of these nasty little buggers have infested my garden, too.  Evil or Very Mad 

Here's a great article on various methods of control; perhaps employing some these ideas, along with the barrier methods mentioned in previous replies, would put a significant dent in the problem.  The comments posted below the article contain helpful information, as well.

http://www.highmowingseeds.com/blog/organic-control-measures-for-striped-cucumber-beetles/

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Post  Ginger Blue on 8/29/2016, 4:33 pm

@jimmy cee wrote:Thats a tough battle. one I have been waging for many years. I have tried just about everything from traps to making my own flowers with attractant oils, etc without success. This season I may have started winning..Keeping beetles and others from getting to the vines. Netting, was so successful I actually had an abundance of cucumbers..My vines grew out of their protective nets and were therefore exposed to them...Netting is my way of going...pollination will be addressed


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What kind of net do you use, and how is pollination accomplished while the netting is in place?
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/29/2016, 8:48 pm

@Ginger Blue wrote:Masses of these nasty little buggers have infested my garden, too.  Evil or Very Mad 

Here's a great article on various methods of control; perhaps employing some these ideas, along with the barrier methods mentioned in previous replies, would put a significant dent in the problem.  The comments posted below the article contain helpful information, as well.

http://www.highmowingseeds.com/blog/organic-control-measures-for-striped-cucumber-beetles/

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Gardening humor from this article:  The beetle and the damage done...lol.....child of the 70s....

Still, horrible pests.....yuk.

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Post  jimmy cee on 8/29/2016, 9:44 pm

@Ginger Blue wrote:
@jimmy cee wrote:Thats a tough battle. one I have been waging for many years. I have tried just about everything from traps to making my own flowers with attractant oils, etc without success. This season I may have started winning..Keeping beetles and others from getting to the vines. Netting, was so successful I actually had an abundance of cucumbers..My vines grew out of their protective nets and were therefore exposed to them...Netting is my way of going...pollination will be addressed


Jimmy,

What kind of net do you use, and how is pollination accomplished while the netting is in place?
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 Joann fabrics utility fabric...$3.99 a yard. Wait for 60% off sale.
This netting has larger holes in it, some can get through, however I find there is enough distraction to keep many bugs out. When plants have become robust and full of flowering buds, I open at times...
Reason I use this net is, I like the durability, very strong, durable and will last.


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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 8/30/2016, 4:45 pm

@jimmy cee wrote:Spotted cucumber beetles do not over winter in the north, they move up from the south,
...south... can we have a discussion about your exporting these to me? I understand your not wanting to keep them, buuuuut....

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