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all of a sudden holes in the leaves of zuchinni and spaghetti squash. As I moved the leaves I saw an angular beetle-type. Gray -brown in color, about 1/3 inch long. Not fast enougth to catch it and could not find another one. I am in northern Arizona. Now what?
yes, I think it is a squash bug.
I googled it: aaackkkkkkk! Hard to control. I have read about picking them off and into a bucket, using insecticide on the larvae, making a homey bug "sandwich" out of cardboard so they go there and then shake them out in the AM. I like organic but with this I am not above chemicals.
Anyone here have favorite remedies?
I believe using a chemical to control squash bugs would require a "strong" chemical. They seem oblivious to Seven.
Picking them off and throwing them into a bucket of soapy water has been my best solution. I do enjoy picking them off and feeding them to the chickens. I'm told that guinea hens will do the job for you and not harm the fruit. I haven't owned guineas so I can not confirm. Maybe someday when somebody breeds a guinea that will stay in the yard I'll give it a try.
I am planning on trying the "board" method which is similar to the cardboard sandwich. Supposedly they will crawl under the board and all you do is step on it. I'm skeptical, but I'll try anything once.
Hi just wanted to say that there is a good organic solution. Try Pyganic but you will need a pesticide I'd # to get it. If you can't get it then try the safer line like the safer endall insect killer. Works on Japanese beetles should work on squash beetles, and it is organic.
"Try Pyganic but you will need a pesticide I'd # to get it."
Pyganic would definitely work on squash bugs and it is readily available and does NOT require a pesticide license. Unfortunately it is super expensive, too rich for my blood.
I'd go with Pyola, available from Gardens Alive and is much less expensive and also "organic".
I'm right there with the rest of ya. As kittriana said "squash bugs are enemy #1". Some years I just don't grow squash because of them.
"Maybe someday when somebody breeds a guinea that will stay in the yard I'll give it a try."
Hah! Yardener... Grinnin at ya. I raised guineas for years and am now guinea-less. Fortunately for me my neighbors guineas come to visit each day! (Unfortunately the guineas never seemed to take a liking to squash bugs here but they sure did a number a multitude of other nuisance bugs)
LOL, once I had an infestation, so I built a pile of kindling and baited it with pumpkin pie filling. In the morning they were all over it, so i lit it and burned them up. No chemicals, and a little ash for the garden! I've done this several times, and it works great.
Hah! Sounds like a win-win situation to me, BCH521!
Thanks for the squash offer, Ernie! I actually have some crookneck sitting on my counter. So far the squash bugs haven't taken the plants out completely (yet). Also have some Tromboncino growing and it seems much more resistant to squash bugs, perhaps because the vines get so big it takes quite a bit of damage to do them in.
Shoe (squash lover looking for a good casserole recipe if someone has one to share!)
Oh sorry didn't look at the price for pyganic. But once bought I should last a heck of a long time. They want 69.99 for a gallon at peaceful valley...not sure of yor price. Love there web page always have great videos and info http://www.groworganic.com
wistful-your squash lasts long enough to CASSEROLE? mine goes into raw slices for salads, boiled with butter and onion, (I try to avoid fried, but) non breaded and tossed in a hot skillet with sausages, garlic, onions, zukes, (sometimes a mater), skewered on a grill shishkabob with portabella babies, and anything in the fridge or garden... yummmm
Normally I eat squash pretty much the same way, cooked in a big black skillet with olive oil, onions, garlic, sometimes throw in a few cut up okra chunks, salt and pepper and I'm good to go! Yummy! But in the days when I grew 50 squash plants I'd always have enough for a casserole, mainly looking for a good way to preserve it since I don't really care for frozen squash "as is" and when I can things I prefer to use my time canning beans, pickled okra, and a few jars of tomatoes. (Nowadays I just freeze the tomatoes though, saving a lot of canning time.)
"They want 69.99 for a gallon at peaceful valley...not sure of yor price."
Actually that price is for a quart, not a gallon. And that is the going rate for that amount, Janet. The thing that gets me is it is a concentrated pyrethrin mix, an ingredient usually used alone or with other ingredients and sold at a lesser costs, so I guess getting a less diluted mix is what really jumps the price up.
kittriana wrote:wistful-your squash lasts long enough to CASSEROLE? mine goes into raw slices for salads, boiled with butter and onion, (I try to avoid fried, but) non breaded and tossed in a hot skillet with sausages, garlic, onions, zukes, (sometimes a mater), skewered on a grill shishkabob with portabella babies, and anything in the fridge or garden... yummmm
Now I need to go pick some for dinner! Making them sound good
I don't know if this has been tried around here, but on old gardener and horticulture professor I used to know trapped the insects he found in the green house and put them in a blender with a little water and something else. maybe vegetable oil (I can find out if anyone really want's to know). He then spread the mixture around the plants and it seemed to keep other bugs away. This would definitely be one of those things to NOT try with your wife's new blender, but it could be a good alternative for those who don't like pesticides.
This professor was as old as the hills and had beautiful gardens all over campus and his home. Even though this sounds a bit odd, he really did seem to know what he was doing. Are there opinions out there on this method?
Yup, othr stuff is cayenne pepper or reasonable sub. One of these old threads has the recipe on it- it does work usually, but then some years the bugs are just too many and tougher measures get used, chuckl