Answer: There are a few botanicals you can use in your garden to discourage the beetles and research on trapping cucumber beetles is going on at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and at Cornell University. The beetles are attracted by smell to chemicals found in the odor of squash blossoms, and by sight to yellow-green fluorescent sticky traps. These traps are available at garden centers and through mail order sources. They must be placed in the garden in mid-spring in order to be effective.
Carbaryl, rotenone, sabadilla, an pyrethrum are available in formulations labeled for control of cucumber beetles. Follow instructions on the label. During flowering, apply carefully to avoid harming honey bees and other pollinators.
Best wishes with your garden!
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