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cucumber beetles

Zone Kansas | Anonymous added on August 2, 2016 | Answered

Can I still eat things from my garden if I have cucumber beetles? I have found cucumber beetles on my zucchini plant and my basil (which is right next to my cucumber plant). Can I still eat the basil leaves if the beetle has been chewing on the leaves? I know they carry viruses. Thank you!

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    Downtoearthdigs
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    Answered on August 3, 2016

    I would treat the infestation with Neem OIl.
    Yes, you can still consume your Basil and Zucchini. Wash the produce before eating and trim away any damaged material.

    Here is some links for you.

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/cucumber/cucumber-beetle-control.htm

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