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
Found a solution for squash bugs
We use a shop vac and it works great! Wonderful for the leaf footed bugs, too!
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.
It is hard to get all the leaves, but I figure if you get some, you're ahead of the battle.
I was amazed at how much damage just a few could do, Stephanie!
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?
We haven't had any luck with the spider mites. We've been trying. They've taken over my cukes.
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.
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.
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.
That's what I'm thinking of doing. I think I'll yank these and plant new ones.
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.
Here's the link. http://www.amazon.com/Darice-NSP102-Crafters-Vacuum/dp/B0018A2IUQ
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.
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.
Yes, I would try it at night in the dark so the neighbors dont think your crazy.
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.
Why not try a car vac? Most of those come with batteries and are fairly easy to tote around.
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?
We used the shop vac for the leaf footed bugs and it worked great!
O.K I just went to Target and got a dirt devil hand held vac for $15, hopefully this will work.
Good. lemme know. I have one at home already, just never used it for the buggies.
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.
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.
The vac idea is such a great idea------thanks for the info-----i have got to get one now.
Carm. I think you need to video this. This definitely has the potential to go viral on youtube.
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!
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.
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.