Trap & Monitor cucumber Beetle Populations
While cucumber beetles are common pests to plants in the cucurbit family (Cucurbitaceae), these voracious eaters happily feed on other plant varieties as well. This trap works by attracting adults with a pheromone lure; once they get too close, they become caught on the sticky trap and quickly perish. These traps only work on the adults; they do not kill the larvae. Close observation and alternative methods should be considered for more complete coverage.
Life Cycle & Damage: These beetles deposit their eggs in the soil around a plant’s roots or under a leaf’s surface. In 5-9 days, the larvae will hatch and begin tunneling through and feeding on a plant’s roots and stems. During the 2-3½ weeks a larvae is developing, it will continue to live in and off of the plant. After this period, it moves to the soil to pupate. In just 4-10 days, the adults will emerge from the soil and start the process again. Cucumber beetles not only severely defoliate plants and damage fruit, they also serve as vectors for certain viral plant diseases.
Usage Rates: Lures last for 3-4 weeks once placed depending on the temperature. They may last longer in cooler temperatures.
- Monitoring – Use 1 trap with lure per 2,000 sq. ft.
- Trapping – Use 1 trap with lure per 400 sq. ft.
Suggested Uses: Use for trapping spotted and striped cucumber beetles on cucumbers, cantaloupe, winter and summer squash, pumpkins, gourds, watermelon and many other species of cucurbits.
This Product Controls These Pests or Diseases: This lure/trap can be used to monitor multiple species of cucumber beetle including Striped Cucumber Beetles (Acalymma vittatum), Western Striped Cucumber Beetles (A. vittatum), Spotted Cucumber Beetles (Diabrotica undecimpunctata howardi) and Western Spotted Cucumber Beetles (D. undecimpunctata undecimpunctata).
- Place lure on or near yellow sticky trap.
- Place trap at crop height when cucumber beetles are first spotted.
- Replace trap when filled with beetles or covered with dirt and debris.
Storage: Do not contaminate water, feed or food by storage or disposal. Store in a cool, dry place. Do not open until ready to use.
Warning & Toxicities: Keep out of reach of children and pets. Avoid contact of sticky surface with skin, eyes and clothing. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling and before eating, drinking, chewing gum, or using tobacco. If irritation occurs, seek medical attention.