My wife went out to garden today and found my largest pumpkin plant
decimated by these little black and white striped beetles, maybe 1/8" in
size. I think they are cucumber beetles. She sprayed them with some chemical
general purpose veggie and fruit tree insecticide. Is there a better way to
take care of these? What is a recommend way to keep them from damaging
The chemicals worked better then, say, pyrethrum (sp) or rotenone? I've not
tried them, but one dose of chemicals, and there are a bunch of dead
beetles, and my pumpkins and squash just might make it. I don't like the
pesticides because I don't know what effect they might have on the plants
and ultimately us humans.
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