Cucumber beetles provide a unique challenge to growers of muskmelon and other cucurbit crops in the Midwest. Spotted and striped cucumber beetles transmit bacterial wilt by feeding on infected plants. Beetles ingest the bacteria (Erwinia tracheiphila) and overwinter in soil. After emerging the following spring, beetles fly to nearby cucurbit crops to feed, continuing to spread bacterial wilt disease from plant to plant.
Nelson, Hayley and Gleason, Mark
"Organic Practices for the Production of Muskmelon,"
Farm Progress Reports: Vol. 2015
, Article 53.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/farmprogressreports/vol2015/iss1/53