Pickleworm

I noticed some of my cucumbers were yellowing.  I was unsure what was causing this and then upon further inspection I noticed tiny holes in the cucumbers.

After doing research I learned these holes were caused by pickleworms, making them inedible. 🙁  Below is a picture of the pickleworm once I broke the cucumber apart.  Glad I didn’t eat that.

There are several natural enemies of the pickleworm including various beetles and imported fire ants.  At this point I figure I must not have these becuase so many of my cucumbers are infested.  At first, I thought my only choice was to use a chemical insecticide.  But then I read in my “Rodale’s Chemical-Free Yard and Garden” book that BTK, Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki,  should kill the pickleworm.   If you nee more info, The University of Florida has a great page on pickleworms.

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3 Responses to Pickleworm

  1. tina says:

    Hi Charlotte, You have a great blog here. I always enjoy learning new things and have never heard of pickleworms. Seems they are a big problem for you but I hope the BT will help.

    I was looking thru your posts and came upon the building a mosaic birdbath. Now I remember where I saw that post! I can be forgetful when reading so many blogs. I plan to try your method I just love how your birdbath came out. I bet the birds do too!

  2. Lola says:

    I’ve always wondered what those worms were. Now I know. I’ve had lots of cukes to be bad because of this. It’s amazing what you learn by reading these blogs.
    Thanks for the info.

  3. Wendy says:

    aw, how disappointing. Can you cut around it or is the whole thing inedible?

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