Cucumber Beetles and Bacterial Wilt of Cucurbits


Cucumber beetles are the primary vector of bacterial wilt.  Even a fairly low population of beetles can spread this disease across the field.  Once infected, there is no cure for this disease.  Plants will rapidly wilt and die, effectively reducing the plant stand and the yield potential.  Cucumbers are the most susceptible to bacterial wilt followed by melons, pumpkins and zucchini.

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