I hate them.
I really hate them.
I've never had trouble with these things before, but both striped and spotted beetles have made what seems to be a permanent home in my garden this year. The wife and I like to have cucumbers in our fresh salads, and I *love* to make garlic dill pickles. While I've had enough salad cukes plants to build up a decent stock, the pickle cuke plants have been crushed by bacterial wilt before I've been able to harvest many good cucumbers. I've only made two quarts of pickles so far. By comparison, I made about eight quarts last year (plus cucumbers for fresh use and giving away), and only had four plants.
Overall, I've lost six plants (out of seven) to bacterial wilt. Luckily I've got a couple more pickle cukes growing again, so I hope I can get enough to make enough pickles to last me until next season!tle monsters...
Unfortunately, my fairly impressive volunteer pumpkin (https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/vi ... 15#p313020) looks to be quite the host to these little beasts!