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Dang, your camera is good at closeups!!!! Those are definately Aphids on your peppers...Best cure of all? Dawn dishwashing liquid mixed with water and sprayed on heavy. Will kill em dead quick and works better on Aphids than poison.
Good old sevin dust is fine for the other bugs, still works after all these years :)
And here's another little guy. I am not sure, this is not as good a pic as the others, but it looks like this is a litltle guy with 2 horns on the top. If not, I'm just bug crazy now. Anyhoo, this is a yellow squash plant.
2 busy gardening: It's a catepillar and if it has horns you'd better do the drop and stomp real quick, they grow huge pretty quick, you said it looked like it had horns on it, oooooh, my goodness, sounds like the awful horned catepillar, he loves peppers, eggplants, tomatoes and potatoes, not sure about squash. Then either use Dipel dust or Fertilome Triple action plus or something with BT in it.
The Mexican Beetles (ladybug look alikes but orange not red!) have made their debut today. Oh, those monsters can really eat.
I'm going to have to put Sevin on, too. I have the dust. Must do that tomorrow at the crack of dawn or they'll have eaten holes in everything out there. Found them on the lettuce. Peppers are going outside tomorrow night...
I agree, all this effort should not be for nothing. I don't know that there are any beneficials here that eat those beetles.
BTW, are the aphids the ones that I thought were seeds until I saw the pic? The little green ones? I figure they might have been babies since they were so small, but they kinda look like what I thought an aphid looked like only the wrong color.
Yes, they are 2 busy. And dish liquid with water sprayed on works great on those.
And never a better or clearer pic of those devils have I ever seen. They must be related to mine, they are identical. LOL
I'm starting to itch all over with this bug talk. Oh I did get bit again by a tick yesterday but he or she paid with their life. They don't bother the dog. hmm maybe I need to use a flea and tick collar.
Sevin doesn't work on any of the bugs that I have. Think they're immune to every kind of insecticide I can get in Cali. They only thing Sevin did was kill some bees last year :( I vowed to never use that stuff again.
I'm using the Stylet oil. It works great but you have to keep applying it until they are all gone. If you miss one aphid, they'll be back in full force. The soap and water works well on them, too.
I bought the Stylet Oil for the spider mites that show up here in very hot, dry weather. They are sucker bugs also.
I think, from my limited experience that it works best on bugs that suck on the leaves, thus the name Stylet (stylet is that thing sucker bugs use to pierce the leaves) It smothers them.
I can say that it has had little to no effect on the beneficals here, it works on contact with little residual even the next day. So you have to stay on it and don't spray it during the day, you have to do it in the evening.
Yes, make that coffee strong, we might be up for awhile.
Wanted to add that it won't kill caterpillar types or even my Mexican beetles.
Wow, the evening thing is good to know. Although I work during the week so that is when I usually can do this type of thing, Saturdays and Sundays are garden days as well so I would possible be doing this type of work at the wrong times. Thanks.
They are there at anytime but they must be destroyed wether it be with pesticides or organically as they are the harbingers of real problems to come. I use the Park's Sticky Traps. They are a bright yellow and when I see them on the stickies I spray my plants as I do not like to use excess pesticide. You can see the yellow stikies in this picture of two years ago.
Another reason not to spray in the daytime (edited here) is that it can burn the leaves of your plants on hot days, it's oil and it intensifies the sun when it's wet. It'll have time to dry off at night and during the cool morning hours, before the sun is so strong.
I bought a sprayer at Home Depot or Lowe's. They're about 18.00 plus tax here, great thing to have so you can get under the leaves where they hide, the sprayer puts out spray at 360 degrees so you can get under there.
Well mostly Ortho products for insect control. Just make sure what you use is for vegetables or edible foods and NOT SYSTEMIC...For horned caterpillars or army worms I use the BT dust and use a hand mister which covers all. They also have the powder in green so you don't have a snow covered plant but even if you use the white powder it works very well.