Vegetables and Fruit forum: Cucumbers being eaten

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Name: Julie Bauer
Vallejo, California (Zone 9b)
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bauerjulie
Jun 30, 2015 3:27 AM CST
I live in the Bay Area of California and I have two Bush Cucumbers that are lush and exploding with cucumber flowers and emerging cukes....But now I have a problem with something that has been eating the cucumbers....There is no damage to any of the leaves and I have not really seen any bugs on the plant...I look on and under the leaves but see no insects....the only insects close by are ants which are speeding up and down the brick area of the raised bed it is in...I have placed some ant bait traps along the route but I don't actually see the ants on the plant...Last week I noticed two cucumbers about 2-3 inches long that fell off of the plant....Then I spotted a nice healthy cuke about 5 inches long.... The next day there was a chunk taken out of the cucumber...there were no holes to indicate worms...the damage was from the outside in....by the next day a few more chunks were taken out of the cucumber....The day after the whole cucumber is cleaned out except for part of the rind and the two ends of it....Now I have another cuke about 4 inches long and the same thing is beginning to happen to it...I have checked like mad and still see no visible sign of any insect....Help before the invisible invader eats all my cucumbers....This is the first time I've grown cucumbers in the ground....
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Jun 30, 2015 11:00 AM CST
I have seen mice cause that kind of damage on cantalope. My cucumbers have always been trellised.
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Jun 30, 2015 12:32 PM CST
Welcome to All Things Plants, Julie !

I've never had that happen with cucumbers -- but like Carol, I almost always grow vining types on a trellis. Slugs, maybe?
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pirl
Jun 30, 2015 2:15 PM CST
Slip the foot part of knee high stockings around the next few cukes and see what happens.
Name: Julie Bauer
Vallejo, California (Zone 9b)
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bauerjulie
Jun 30, 2015 4:35 PM CST
Pirl....that's a good idea...I'll try that and see if anything happens...unfortunately the raised bed it's in is not very big so my tomatoes are in the back of it with the trellises since they are the cherry type of tomato...I can't put any trellis with the cucumbers because it would block the sun for the tomatoes behind them....the cucumber plants were bush type and since I have never really grown anything other than tomatoes I didn't have a good idea of how big they get....the information tag on it gave no indication of height or width only that it was sized for pots and small areas....well they are all over the place....I did put small tomato cages on them and have some of the vine growing up on the cage but I guess I should have gotten bigger cages...the cucumbers being eaten are close to the ground but I've seen no slugs or snails or signs of their telltale snot trails as I call them....I had seen a couple of Cucumber Beetles on them and crushed them when I found them but I have not seen too many...mostly those Beetles like my roses which are being affected in that they chew around the edges of the roses or they are smaller in size than usual....I haven't seen mice around and I do have three cats so if it is mice those cats better earn their keep...LOL....I may call my local agricultural center to see what they say...Thanks for your advice! Thank You!
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Jun 30, 2015 4:57 PM CST
Julie, Try putting some loosely rolled newspaper near them in the evening. In the morning shake it out carefully to see if you caught any suspicious bugs that could be feeding at night.
Name: Julie Bauer
Vallejo, California (Zone 9b)
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bauerjulie
Jun 30, 2015 5:27 PM CST
I'll try that too Carol...thanks!
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Frillylily
Jun 30, 2015 6:28 PM CST
rats, turtles, squirrels. rabbits

Anything that is looking for moisture that can reach it. Sometimes they are just after the liquid if it has been really hot and dry out. I know I used to have squirrels and turtles eat my tomatoes. They can take fairly large bites of them. Of course they don't eat the whole thing, they eat ONE bite out of every one Rolling my eyes.

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