Cucumber beetles have been a problem in my garden for the past few years. This year I want to do something about it since they damaged so many of my plants last season. What do you have that's organic and non toxic?

There are several organic products for cucumber beetles that work well. The concentrates are best suited for the problem so you can just mix them up as needed and spray when needed. If you have a small garden and don't expect to be using much spray, we have a 2 LITER SPRAYER that's ideal for the task. Add some MULTI PURPOSE INSECT KILLER to the tank mix and you'll be able to control any pest invasion. This product is certified organic and approved for use in organic gardening.

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I'm seeing some cucumber beetles in my garden and would like to know what you suggest I use for organic pest control. I don't want to spray anything toxic and have used soap before. Is there anything better?

Insecticidal soap works Ok for insect control but there are several other organic products that work better. We've had good results with both GARDEN DEFENSE WITH NEEM and MULTI PURPOSE INSECT KILLER. These are organic gardening compliant, effective and easy to use. All you need is a good PUMP SPRAYER and you can treat the problem daily if needed. A good spraying every week will usually keep the garden free and clear of this pest and save your cuc's, melons and other veggies.

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What do you have to kill some cucumber beetles?

We have a wide range of products that can be used to kill cucumber beetles. You can read about them all in our CUCUMBER BEETLE CONTROL ARTICLE which explains all you need to know about this garden pest. Our organic solutions include INSECTICIDAL SOAP and MULTI PURPOSE INSECT KILLER which both seem to work pretty good. The strongest material is the VEGETABLES PLUS PERMETHRIN which will provide a good 4-7 days of residual. All these products are concentrates and should be applied with a good PUMP SPRAYER.

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I have striped cucumber beetles damaging several plants in my vegetable garden. What do you have that's organic?

We have several organic gardening products you can use. The most common over the years has been INSECTICIDAL SOAP but the 3 IN 1 CONCENTRATE has become quite popular since it handles fungus as well as mites. Another popular one is the MULTIPURPOSE INSECT KILLER. For some reason, the striped cucumbers can be tough and the Multipurpose Killer seems to be best for this beetle. Apply it with a good PUMP SPRAYER and be sure to treat all the plants in the area since striped cucumber beetles like a wide range of plants.

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What would be a safe cucumber beetle insecticide to spray directly on the plant?

We have several good cucumber beetle insecticides. Organic gardeners have long known about INSECTICIDAL SOAP which works Ok. It can be used over and over as needed but it doesn't seem to last long and it's not the best organic choice. Two newer products which work really well are the 3 IN 1 and the MULTI PURPOSE INSECT KILLER. Both are concentrates and very effective on a wide range of garden insects so they can handle any problem you might have.

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I don't understand the cucumber beetle lifecycle. Last year I had them. I like to grow squash and cucumbers among other vegetables and for some reason, have never had a problem in over 20 years of growing these plants. Last year I started seeing all kinds of damage and the local extension agent told me what they were. I treated them with some soap and that was that. The other day I started to clean up my garden getting ready to plant and I saw some under some old leaves. How can they be back already? It's early spring and there is no way they have been able to reproduce yet.

Cucumber beetles overwinter. In other words, they hibernate and don't die at the end of summer. What you didn't kill last year will hide themselves for the winter and then emerge at the first signs of spring. I'm sure that's what's happening now.

To stop this from happening, you should clear away all the old plants at the end of your gardening season as explained in our CUCUMBER BEETLE CONTROL article. These plants will surely attract local cucumber beetles and by letting them stay on your property over winter, they'll cause damage to any thing growing in your yard the following spring.

Since you've seen some activity now, either treat again with the INSECTICIDAL SOAP or some VEGETABLES PLUS to knock them out before you start growing your new spring garden. The cucumber beetles you just saw represent just a few of the ones that are probably present and if you allow them to live, they'll mate and start laying eggs in no time. In other words, if you don't treat now, you're bound to have a much worse problem later this year.

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