Armstrong Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm

Trapping and Other Strategies for Cucumber Beetle Management

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Spotted and striped cucumber beetles vector a bacterium that causes wilt in cucurbits (plants in the gourd family). These beetles are the major pest of muskmelons in Iowa. We investigated the success of a prototype Trecé brand trap and bait system, soon to be OMRI-approved (Organic Materials Review Institute), that chemically lures beetles to insecticide-treated bait inside a trap some distance away from the muskmelon crop. We also tested the success of Reemay fabric row covers, clear slitted plastic row covers, and BioYield seed treatment. BioYield is a seed inoculant that includes a variety of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria.

Keywords: Plant Pathology

How to Cite: Gleason, M. L. , Helland, S. J. & Havlovic, B. J. (2003) “Trapping and Other Strategies for Cucumber Beetle Management”, Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms Progress Reports. 2002(1).