Trap Crop

A Trap Crop + Insecticide Approach for Cucumber Beetle Management


Spotted and striped cucumber beetles not only cause feeding damage in Iowa cucurbit crops, but also transmit a bacterium that causes bacterial wilt. Turks Turban (2003) or 'Black Beauty' zucchini (2004) was used alone and in combination with insecticides as a trap crop for these pests in muskmelon. We hypothesized that the beetles would preferentially feed on highly attractive trap crop rows interspersed among the melon crop. Insecticide applications to these rows should more effective than applications to the entire field, and may be sufficient for control in the entire field.

Materials and Methods

Results by Year

2003 | 2004