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With all the emphasis on the bees, I have been very careful not to use any insecticides or products that might harm them. And...unfortunately, the bugs REALLY appreciate my efforts. Now I'm even seeing ants on my squash blossoms!!
I've got to do something, the bugs are getting too strong a foot-hold around here, don't want to lose all the fruits of my hard work. I'll be out spraying with soap water at 6:30 in the morning...thank you!!
I have a lot of ladybugs in my veggie garden and I've seen a few bees in my flowerbeds. Now I know I'm showing my ignorance here, but my question is: The soap mixture will kill squash bugs, aphids, ants, etc. but it won't hurt ladybugs, bees or the 'good bugs', right? And, how often can you treat your infested plant...once a week for 2-3 weeks if necessary?
I knew there had to be some natural weed killers out there too, but hadn't found that info yet. And thanks for the 'spray guard' info too. That would be a tremendous help.
I joined DG this spring...it's been great. Thanks for the help!
Terri. YES! The soap spray will kill any insect it touches! That's why I mentioned spraying very early in the morning or at dusk when the beneficials aren't out. Most bees, butterflies, etc. can't fly until they warm up with the sun.
Also, if you use the spray-guard, you can target the insects you want without accidentally getting the good guys.
BTW, ants on your squash blossoms probably means aphids. Ants don't damage plants.