Cory: In today's hands on gardening I'm joined by
Steve Huntzinger sp? from the UW extension office,
Steve, this is the time of year to be on the look
out for the cucumber beetle, and there actually a
couple of different types.
Steve: That's right Cory.
The two types we are talking about are the striped
and the spotted.
The striped cucumber beetle is kind of a yellow coloration
with black stripes.
Three of them across its back.
Where the spotted has twelve black spots on that again
light yellow body color.
C: And probably the more detrimental of the two would
be the striped.
S: That's correct.
Because what's going to happen with the striped cucumber
beetle is it's going to transfer bacteria wilt.
And we're looking for these in cucumbers, and our
squash, pumpkins, and our melons, because those are
going to be our host plants for these beetles which
do over winter in our area.
so, first thing you do is just check the leaves.
S: That's right.
Scouting first, we're going to look for an egg mass
to be on the leaf itself.
What will show up on the bottom of the leaf, if you
have them, is a yellow to orangeish color egg mass,
all throughout the leaves, all clustered together.
Once those start to pupate out, then we're going to
get these adults that start to show up.
and how do you treat that?
S: Well the best way we can do is scout early.
Make sure we are getting any plants that start to
show symptoms or signs out of there.
So if the beetles are present, they don't spread it.
Row covers can be one way that we can protect it.
But the key here with row covers is we want to open
them up from time to time so we get pollinators in.
So we don't want to exclude them from getting our
actual end product.
C: And the thing is to catch it early, cause if you
don't, they do over winter, and they can eventually
become an even more widespread problem the next season.
S: That's exactly right.
Because generation to generation transfers, especially
in the striped cucumber beetle, it's important to
find them early.
C: Alrighty, thanks very much Steve.
That is today's hands on gardening.