Strategies for removing a Striped Cucumber Beetle problem are numerous. Pesticides application can protect the plant and prevent future outbreaks. Organic pest control options include delayed planting, covering plants with row covers that allow light and rain, use of sticky kaolin clay, planting of trap or decoy crops, and manual removal. Yellow sticky traps, like those used to catch house flies, are also available at garden supply stores. Removing plants infected with bacterial wilt down to the roots will help control the spread of that disease to other healthy plants.
Adults will overwinter in sheltered areas like buildings, or wood piles. Once weather begins to warm in the spring, they are quick to locate food sources. Females lay fertilized eggs at the base of the plant at the soil line. Eggs hatch and the larvae eat the roots of the plant, pupate underground and emerge as adults in late summer/early autumn.