Some kind of ugly beetle???

ohiovalleygardener(5/6)August 29, 2010

I have tons of beetles on my pumpkins. Not squash beetles. They started out with black and red on them, they turned to a grey color and now there are both grey ones and black ones everywhere on my pumpkins. They about the size of my thumb nail. I can't tell that they are hurting the pumpkins since the pumpkins are all orange and I cut them from the vines. There are just lots and lots of them. I am a newbie, just the first garden. What are they and how do I get them to go away. I sprayed them with a hot pepper mixture that I used on my houseplants while they are outside. The bugs left until the stuff dried and came right back. Any help would sure be appreciated. Vicci

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I, for one, would like a picture of black and red critters, and the gray ones. Are you absolutely certain that they are beetles and not of a similar insect order?

    Bookmark   August 29, 2010 at 2:46PM
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ohiovalleygardener(5/6)

They were black and red earlier in the season and now some are grey and some are black. Maybe the black and red ones weren't the same thing as the grey or black. The had the same body shape and sure did like hanging out on the pumpkins. I'll run out and try to grab some pics. Thanks,Vicci

    Bookmark   August 29, 2010 at 5:33PM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

What, if any, damage are they doing to the plants. Are they pests or are they beneficial insects that need to be coddled?

    Bookmark   August 30, 2010 at 7:41AM
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ohiovalleygardener(5/6)

I took the pics but my computer won't work properly. They seem to be making little holes in the pumpkins. At first I thought they were just sitting there but yesterday I cut my pumpkins from the vines and most were mushy on the bottom and almost had at least tiny holes in them. I have millions of these bugs in my garden. Mostly on and around the pumpkins but also on the tomatoes and in the soil. They do have a design to them. They are like solid grey when they are little to middle size. When they are grow they are a brown and black color, sort of have a V shape mark where the brown and black come together. My dad said they look like a stink bug. I pulled the rest of my tomato plants out yesterday and all the pumpkins and dead vines. These crazy bugs are everywhere. I didn't get bit by any of them so I guess they aren't biting bugs. Thanks for your help everyone. Vicci

    Bookmark   September 5, 2010 at 8:46AM
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ohiovalleygardener(5/6)

O.K. looks like they must be stink bugs. There is nothing left in my garden now that will be eaten so is using sevin dust o.k.? Will it help. Next year this will be a flower garden will they still be as big a pain in the neck? Thank you again. Vicci

    Bookmark   September 5, 2010 at 9:19AM
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hoodat

Using Sevin will almost guarantee they will be back. You will kill off the stink bugs but also the predators that help keep them under control. Once you use a chemical spray it is a never ending cycle. That's what keeps the chemical companies in business (and in your wallet)

    Bookmark   September 12, 2010 at 4:58PM
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phlowerpower(5)

I wonder if these were box elder beetles.

I have a large infestation of them and we have two female box elder trees in our yard.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05522.html

    Bookmark   October 6, 2010 at 2:00PM
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