The Q&A Archives: Control of Cucumber and Mexican Bean Beatles

Question: How do I control Cucumber Mexican Bean Beetles using organic gardening methods?

Answer: Mexican bean beetles are best controlled early in the season by hand-picking before they lay eggs. When the attack becomes numerous, you can spray with pyrethrins (botanical insecticide). To prevent or at least minimize next year's attack, clean up the garden completely at the end of the season. Remove all plant waste and mulching materials; leave the ground bare for a couple of weeks to allow birds to dine on any adult beetles wandering about.

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