How to Get Rid of Cucumber Beetles in Your Yard Effectively

Cucumber beetles, whether striped or spotted, are voracious garden pests that can cause serious damage to cucurbit crops. Learn exactly what they are, how to identify them, as well as how to effectively control cucumber beetles using tried and tested methods!

What are Cucumber Beetles?

The term Cucumber Beetle is used to refer to two different, yet similar genera of beetles, namely Diabrotica (Spotted Cucumber Beetle) and Acalymma (Striped Cucumber Beetle), both of which are Chrysomelidae.

How to Identify Cucumber Beetles?

Adult cucumber beetles (1/4 inch long) have dark heads, legs, and antennae. They can have 12 black spots or 3 parallel black stripes on their wings.

Western Spotted Cucumber Beetles

One of the most common and destructive pests of cucumbers is the spotted cucumber beetle (diabrotica undecimpunctata) These beetles are about 1/4 inch long and are yellow with 12 black spots.

Banded Cucumber Beetles

Mostly prone to warmer climates, Banded Cucumber Beetles (diabrotica balteata) are most prominent in parts of Florida, Arizona, and Texas.

Life Cycle of a Cucumber Beetle

Adult beetles overwinter in plant debris and garden trash. Adults mate and lay eggs in the soil at the foot of host plants after feeding on the blooms of flowering plants.

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