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Feb 7, 2017 8:28 AM CST
I ordered praying mantis eggs for this season. Last year I had a huge problem with cucumber beetles and am hoping they would help. Any one have any experience with this? I wanted to stay away from anything not organic.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Feb 7, 2017 10:45 AM CST
I think the tricky part will be convincing the Mantises to hang around until they are big enough to eat a cucumber beetle.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Feb 7, 2017 11:25 AM CST
Mary... Welcome!
The problem with mantis. Lady bugs. Etc. Is, if theres nothing to eat, or when the foods all gone. They move out.
I, also had big cucumber beatle problem last year....πŸ‘ΊπŸ‘ΊπŸ‘Ί
I think because of all the rain we hear in California had coming out of 3 year drought. Bugs are adaptive in that way. πŸ‘ΊπŸ‘ΊπŸ‘Ί
This year im gonna try neem oil.
Its bio. From seed oil. Another member told me its systemic and takes about a week to start working, but it lasts a month !!!
I also had big problem with squash bugs. Not on squash.but on my green beans !!! Everybody said NO WAY !!! I said " YES ! WAY ! "
Neem oil is also a fungicide !
For a quick initial spray with pyrethrins. Its also bio. Oil.
Monterey. Take down garden spray.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Feb 7, 2017 11:59 AM CST
You could try a row cover like Remay. Edited to add - to keep out the cucumber beetles that is, not keep in the mantises although I suppose it might do both.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Feb 8, 2017 3:14 PM CST
I wouldn't expect praying mantis to bother with cucumber beetles...
Praying mantis snag stuff as it flies by... Think butterflies.

For cucumber beetles.... Plant some amaranth.... Or just stop pulling the pigweed.
The cucumber beetles will eat the amaranth, and leave the other stuff alone.

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