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Anyone else in NH/MA NOT seeing cucumber beetles this year?

Posted by Spatenman NH (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 8, 12 at 15:08

For the past 20 years I have battled cucumber beetles here in Southern NH. They always appear in early June and first go to my tomatillo plants and then to my cucumbers. This year I have not seen a single beetle. I figure either:
1. The wacky May weather messed up their lifecycle.
2. The herb garden I started last year and is now established is attracting some sort of natural enemy or producing a scent they don't like.

I am hoping it's #2. If anyone in the area is seeing the usual hordes of them I'd love to know.

FYI - The herbs I planted are (all perennials and tolerate partial shade):
Angelica, Bee Balm, Catmint, Thyme, Sage, Hyssop and Lovage.


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RE: Anyone else in NH/MA NOT seeing cucumber beetles this year?

I'm in Dedham MA and I haven't seen any either.


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RE: Anyone else in NH/MA NOT seeing cucumber beetles this year?

They came here, where I've never had problems with them. They probably followed the squash vine borers and squash bugs, things I've also not had.

Joe


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RE: Anyone else in NH/MA NOT seeing cucumber beetles this year?

Last year here in CT my potatoes were covered! This year I've seen 2... all together! I did rotate and use a new (special for NE) variety, so I thought it might be that. Good to year they're not bothering you either!


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RE: Anyone else in NH/MA NOT seeing cucumber beetles this year?

They're all vacationing in my garden, on the north side of Chicago. I'll remind them to send you a postcard :)


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RE: Anyone else in NH/MA NOT seeing cucumber beetles this year?

Here in Fairhaven near Cape Cod, I haven't seen a one!. I still used floating row covers over my plants from germination until blossom time. We have been recently changed from zone 6 to 7 by dept. of ag. Hope SVB skips us this year as well. I have also noted lots of my perennial flowers are bug free this year. The Permethrin sprayer rests silently in the back of my garden shed. May it do so for the rest of the season.


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RE: Anyone else in NH/MA NOT seeing cucumber beetles this year?

Lucky you, I guess they all moved north to Quebec because they already got to my cucumbers. (see related post I started a few days ago, http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/cornucop/msg0700352314496.html?9)


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RE: Anyone else in NH/MA NOT seeing cucumber beetles this year?

  • Posted by shebear z8 NCentralTex (My Page) on
    Tue, Jul 10, 12 at 14:31

I haven't seen many down here in North Texas either. Even the squash bugs haven't been as bad as normal. Wish the vine borer would be as scarce.


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RE: Anyone else in NH/MA NOT seeing cucumber beetles this year?

Derry, NH. Got spotted and striped here. 3 separate patches of cukes, and they obliterated 2, despite daily manual control. They're attacking the zucchini and summer squash as well. Sevin in the morning as I saw 2 fornicating on the 3rd patch of cucumbers, which is actually thriving enough to make inspection difficult. Lost all my pumpkins in early September last year to them and the wilt...


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RE: Anyone else in NH/MA NOT seeing cucumber beetles this year?

Almost none here, west of Chicago. The few that I've seen were in the corn.


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RE: Anyone else in NH/MA NOT seeing cucumber beetles this year?

  • Posted by glib 5.5 (My Page) on
    Wed, Jul 18, 12 at 8:55

None in SE MI, which means I will get cukes this year. I think it was the very warm March, followed by two strong freezes in April. Last year, every squash blossom had one.


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RE: Anyone else in NH/MA NOT seeing cucumber beetles this year?

  • Posted by chaff 6b Belmont, MA (My Page) on
    Wed, Jul 18, 12 at 11:10

Here in Belmont, MA, I haven't seen any so far this year.


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RE: Anyone else in NH/MA NOT seeing cucumber beetles this year?

  • Posted by QBush 6, NE MA (My Page) on
    Tue, Sep 11, 12 at 14:07

In Boxford MA I have them in the greenhouse, Diva, and outside in lemon cukes. We are still eating cucumbers, but the vines don't look very good. Seriously thinking of cutting down the GH Diva crop to three or four leaves, spraying with kaolin and watching the results. Any other ideas?


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