No matter where you live in the continental United States, there is a Cucumber Beetle or Corn Rootworm that is ready and eager to dine on your crops. The two common types of these beetles are the Diabrotica and Acalymma species and this trap kit will address 5 Diabrotica and 2 Amalymma specific species in these two families (it is not for Diabrotica balteata). These small (about 9 mm. long) beetles have an affinity for cucurbit vegetables (cucumbers, squash, etc.) and corn, but are not shy about moving onto other plants if those are not available.
- These pests lay their eggs in cracks in the soil or under the leaf surface of plants. In 5-9 days they begin hatching and, once hatched, the larvae will feed on plant roots and tunnel through stems.
- Larvae continue to feed for 2-3½ weeks until they are fully developed, at which time they will pupate back into the soil.
- Pupation takes 4-10 days and then adults emerge to begin another cycle of mating, laying eggs and producing larvae.
These adults are also voracious plant eaters and can also severely damage plants by scarification of fruits and defoliation. In addition to plant damage, Cucumber Beetles present a disease threat to plants. They are known to vector viral diseases in beans and plants damaged by these beetles and their offspring are considerably more susceptible to Fusarium and other fungal diseases.
Protecting your crops from Cucumber Beetles requires a concerted effort and dedicated monitoring. This trap kit is your first step. It will help you determine if you have this pest, if so, how many and it begins the process of reducing pest reproduction. Traps should be maintained throughout the growing season as a tool to monitor how effective your pest management and/or insecticide practices are. Deploy traps early in the season and before there is a major infestation. Plants should be inspected regularly for insect activity. Growing areas should be keep as clean as possible; this make inspection and monitoring easier and deprives the beetles of habitat. Floating row crops will protect seedlings and new plantings and kaolin clay Surround WP can discourage adult feeding. Beneficial insects can be a useful tool; Ladybugs, Green Lacewings all feed on the various life stages of these beetles. Beneficial nematodes like NemaSeek (Hb) will go after the pupal stage. Sprays and insecticides that contain Spinosad, Pyrethrin and Azadirachtin can also be used for direct control, but use caution with them if you have already released beneficial insects. Although there is some chance that beneficial insects may become ensnared on the yellow sticky trap, the risk to beneficials is generally low. It is certainly a much lower risk than if toxic pesticides were used to kill the beetles.
The lure is effective for 45 days. If the trap becomes covered with insects or other debris before that time, remove the lure and attach it to a fresh trap. When the lifespan of the lure is complete and the season is still active, replace lure and sticky trap with new ones. Replacement lures (SKU# 1254241) and sticky traps (SKU# 1254255) are available.
Results may vary due to seasonal changes, insect pest population variations, natural predator populations, correct trap installation, proper lure storage and weather extremes, disruption, damage and/or contamination due to chemical sprays, pets, children, sprinklers or other unforeseen events.
This Product Controls These Pests or Diseases: For use to selectively attract (in order to control, monitor and kill) Spotted Cucumber Beetles (Diabrotica undecimpunctata howardi), Western Spotted Cucumber Beetle (Diabrotica u. undecimpunctata), Striped Cucumber Beetle (Acalymma vittatum), Western Striped Cucumber Beetle (Acalymma trivittatum), Western Corn Rootworm (Diabrotica virgifers virgifera), North Corn Rootworm (Diabrotica barberiI) and Mexican Corn Rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera).
- Keep lures inside sealed packets until ready to sue.
- Handle with clean hands or implements.
How to prepare a foil pouch lure:
- Attach a single hanger to the top of a sticky trap. Use 2 hangers in windy areas or to hang trap horizontally.
- Quickly peel release paper down diagonally.
Attaching the lure:
- Find the removable side of the foil pouch containing lure. Peel that layer off completely and discard.
- Do not puncture the remaining sealed pouch that contains the coaster lure.
- Do not remove the large round coaster lure from the pouch.
- The clear layer of the pouch is a slow release material that allows the scent to gradually escape into the air.
How to deploy the trap:
- Method #1: Make a kink in 1 hanger and push the end of the hanger through the slit top of the foil lure. Slide lure down to the kink.
- Method #2: Use a paperclip (not included) to attach the lure directly to the trap.
- Place traps close to individual plants or crop rows. Hang them from branches, a garden stake or from a rope strung between rows.
- Check trap weekly for beetles.
- The lure is effective for 45 days. If the lure has not expired when a trap becomes saturated with insects or debris, move it to a new trap.
Results may vary due to seasonal changes, insect pest population variations, natural predator populations, correct trap installation, proper/improper lure storage, weather extremes, disruption of the trap by children, pets or sprinklers, damage and/or contamination due to chemical sprays and other unforeseen events.
Suggested Uses: For use in outdoor areas to attract, monitor, control and kill 5 specific species of Diabrotica beetles and 2 specific species of Acalymma beetles.
What's In The Package: Contains 2 Yellow Sticky Traps, 2 Pheromone Lures, 4 Trap Hangers and complete illustrated instructions in English and Spanish that include a Species Identification Guide.