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Vegetable Gardening: Found a solution for squash bugs

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garfieldkae
Flippin, AR
(Zone 7a)

August 16, 2010
6:42 AM

Post #8042791

I got one of those mini battery powder craft vacs that has a little canister for picking up beads. I used it last night on the squash bugs and it worked. I just sucked them up and then I took the canister off and dumped them in soapy water. I had read some where that someone had been using a cordless dirt devil but those are expense and I had not been able to find one used. The craft vac only costed $10. Katie

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

August 16, 2010
9:24 AM

Post #8043124

Could you post a pic of your craft vac?

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 16, 2010
3:07 PM

Post #8043683

We use a shop vac and it works great! Wonderful for the leaf footed bugs, too!

greenhouse_gal

greenhouse_gal
Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

August 17, 2010
3:56 AM

Post #8044594

My problem is being able to hit all the leaves; there are so many of them and it's so hard to turn each one over to check. Maybe I'm just planting too many zucchini too closely. I was really good about de-bugging the leaves early in the season, but they just got away from me and it was taking too long each morning. So I ended up losing them, even after all that work. I am trying replanting and I'm going to use neem oil and yellow plastic bowls with water, although I think the latter is more for SVBs than squash bugs.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 17, 2010
5:05 AM

Post #8044693

It is hard to get all the leaves, but I figure if you get some, you're ahead of the battle.

greenhouse_gal

greenhouse_gal
Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

August 17, 2010
6:18 AM

Post #8044806

I was amazed at how much damage just a few could do, Stephanie!
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 17, 2010
10:10 AM

Post #8045290

That is really a good idea. How am I going to explain how come I vacuum my garden more then my house! Does it work for Spider Mites?

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 17, 2010
10:17 AM

Post #8045302

We haven't had any luck with the spider mites. We've been trying. They've taken over my cukes.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 17, 2010
10:22 AM

Post #8045312

Steph-I was out of town for 2 weeks. When I left I had beautiful cucumber plants, my kids were making their pickle requests. I came home to crispy, dead plants, they are starting on my pepper plants and I see evidence on the tomato plants. This has been such a strange year.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 17, 2010
12:07 PM

Post #8045538

We haven't gone anywhere this year and have been watering faithfully, but they seemed to move in overnight. We've even been spraying weekly to keep them at bay, but I think with this long streak of hot days, the plants are extra stressed and nothing could keep them away.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 17, 2010
3:47 PM

Post #8045878

I have somebody who waters for me and the plants near the cucumber plants look fine, so I know they got enough water, I fight SM every year but it always amazes me how quickly they can do damage. If I start spraying right away I can usually save them, I may start some more for fall.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 17, 2010
4:15 PM

Post #8045971

That's what I'm thinking of doing. I think I'll yank these and plant new ones.

greenhouse_gal

greenhouse_gal
Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

August 17, 2010
7:47 PM

Post #8046424

I just did that. I don't know whether I have enough time in my area but it was worth a try. I also put a few radish seeds in the silver mulch openings where I planted the squash seeds. The garlic I planted along the squash row didn't seem to help much.
garfieldkae
Flippin, AR
(Zone 7a)

August 17, 2010
10:09 PM

Post #8046752

Here's the link. http://www.amazon.com/Darice-NSP102-Crafters-Vacuum/dp/B0018A2IUQ

greenhouse_gal

greenhouse_gal
Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

August 18, 2010
3:49 AM

Post #8046927

Gee, it got awful reviews!
nedweenie
Windsor, CT
(Zone 6a)

August 18, 2010
6:33 AM

Post #8047101

Maybe because beads are heavier than beetles? LOL.

Old school aspirators are still available: http://www.bioquip.com/Search/WebCatalog.asp?category=2700&prodtype=1

The vacs are pricey, but they are professional grade.
carminator1
mobile, AL
(Zone 8a)

August 24, 2010
1:49 PM

Post #8059878

Wow this is what I have been looking for, the only problem is it says that it has low power suction, will this work with the pesky leaf footed bugs as well and also the cucumber beetles. I do have a shop vac and was going to give it a try tonight to see if it would work but it is a bulky machine and also I have to run a very long cord since it is not cordless. I am wondering if a regular handheld vac will work as well.

I have been searching on the net for bug vacuums but they just have horrible reviews so I am not willing to spend $ on something if it does not work well.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 24, 2010
2:14 PM

Post #8059918

Yes, I would try it at night in the dark so the neighbors dont think your crazy.
carminator1
mobile, AL
(Zone 8a)

August 24, 2010
3:09 PM

Post #8060001

LOL, they already think I am a little off. I just purchased some light row cover to use next year as well, hopefully between row cover and a vac I can get the pest under control better.

greenhouse_gal

greenhouse_gal
Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

August 24, 2010
3:50 PM

Post #8060058

Why not try a car vac? Most of those come with batteries and are fairly easy to tote around.
carminator1
mobile, AL
(Zone 8a)

August 24, 2010
5:52 PM

Post #8060215

O.K guys just tried the shop vac but it just was too strong, it almost devoured my pepper plants so maybe the smaller craft vac will work, my only question is, will it also suction bigger bugs like the leaf footed bugs?, mine are pretty big size. Has anybody tried a car vac just like greenhouse gal suggested for suctioning bugs?

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 25, 2010
1:15 PM

Post #8061632

We used the shop vac for the leaf footed bugs and it worked great!
carminator1
mobile, AL
(Zone 8a)

August 25, 2010
1:40 PM

Post #8061668

O.K I just went to Target and got a dirt devil hand held vac for $15, hopefully this will work.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

August 25, 2010
2:50 PM

Post #8061753

Good. lemme know. I have one at home already, just never used it for the buggies.
carminator1
mobile, AL
(Zone 8a)

August 25, 2010
4:23 PM

Post #8061896

Yes I am suppose to leave it plugged for 24 hours before using so it will have to be tomorrow, if it does not work at least I can use it to pick up my kids messes, LOL.
carminator1
mobile, AL
(Zone 8a)

August 31, 2010
6:20 AM

Post #8072285

O.K just wanted to update, the dirt devil works really good but you have to vacuum them up early in the morning, for some reason they are more active in the afternoon and I had a hard time sucking them up with the vacuum since every time I tried in the afternoon time frame they would fly around like crazy. This morning I vacuumed about 10 of those suckers and they did not move much which made it a lot easier. Thank you so much for the suggestion gardfield you saved my crops.
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

September 5, 2010
9:28 AM

Post #8081550

The vac idea is such a great idea------thanks for the info-----i have got to get one now.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 5, 2010
10:12 AM

Post #8081602

Carm. I think you need to video this. This definitely has the potential to go viral on youtube.

greenhouse_gal

greenhouse_gal
Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

September 5, 2010
11:37 AM

Post #8081719

I am planning to try this with our dustbuster, and I'm hoping I can empty the contents into my chicken yard and gloat whilst the horrid critters are descended upon by my hungry hens!
carminator1
mobile, AL
(Zone 8a)

September 5, 2010
1:17 PM

Post #8081821

Now that's an idea youtube, it will be funny to see me vacuum those critters and screaming at the same time. greenhouse my girls love fat juicy worms from my tomatoes, I have not tried the squash bugs because they do fly.

greenhouse_gal

greenhouse_gal
Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

September 5, 2010
5:22 PM

Post #8082168

The young ones don't seem to - they just crawl. I have pulled off leaves full of them and brought them to the chickens, and it's so satisfying to see them pick them off and gobble them up. They have a good eye for movement, and they never seem to miss one that I could see.

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