Q.Can I eat vegetables from garden infested with spotted cucumber beetles
For the first time in 4 years, I have bugs in my organic garden. I planted cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, and purple peppers. Peppers seem fine, but a few have a hole here or there. See tons of spotted cucumber beetles and other longer black bugs all over the spaghetti squash, zucchini, yellow squash and the beetles flying around the garden. I’ve gotten some veggies, but don’t know if the cucumber beetles transfer disease — should I not eat any of the veggies that have grown and I’ve picked? I still have tomatoes ripening on the vine, some fine and others with small holes, but nothing inside when I cut open. We had a very wet May/June in normally very dry Colorado, then very, very hot. So discouraged, but will not eat if advised and sit out next year’s garden. Thanks for any advice!!
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These articles should help. I wouldn't eat anything with holes in it but unblemished fruit should be fine. But still wash, of course.