The great squash bug war or Save the white Pumpkin

oldgardenguy_zone6July 23, 2014

Time to nuke um I have a volunteer White Pumpkin that came up in my compost bin and like a fool I decided to let It grow and get some pretty fruits for fall deco well now its all out war but I have to much cover for them around the compost bin further out in the garden I've got them at bay but daily I'm destroying 10 plus egg masses and hand spraying 5-6 adults but tonight I had 30 plus nymphs must have missed some eggs so time to suds the patch I fell like the border patrol

This post was edited by oldgardenguy60 on Wed, Jul 23, 14 at 20:58

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helenh(z6 SW MO)

My squash plants died and the squash bugs moved over to the cucumbers. I am also fighting a war. So suds the patch means insecticidal soap? I have some commercially made and also grated some Fels-Nap soap in a quart of water which will be further diluted if I use it. I haven't sprayed the ones with fruit. I did spray the small pickling cucumber vines that were started late and are already getting wilted leaves from the bugs. What works for you? I think I will pick all the cucumbers Friday and try spraying with soap after. I am a little afraid of burning the leaves.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 11:06PM
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I use dish soap Dawn or something similar do you have squash bugs ( grey to black) nymphs are light grey or Cucumber beatles which are stripped or spotted

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 12:53PM
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helenh(z6 SW MO)

I have the grey ones galore and a few cucumber beetles. Do you have any trouble with the soap spray damaging the leaves? I did knock some bugs into a jar of very soapy water too strong to spray on the plant. Stink bug died also squash bugs but the cucumber beetle kept swimming. I don't think those would be easily killed.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 11:45AM
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Radishes planted in the squash patch will help with the cucumber beetles ,let them go to seed ( you can eat the seed pods raw or stir fry.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 3:35PM
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I didn't know that about the radishes but I have lots of volunteer podding radishes out in the garden beds that I have not pulled out. Squash bugs killed my early summer plants, in desperation I scattered Seven powder on the squash plants, nothing else seemed to work, and they didn't move to my cukes, haven't seen any since. So on Sunny's advice I've started more of the ones that mature in 60 days. We shouldn't get first frost till mid-October at the earliest so maybe it'll work out. I have pink banana squash planted and I really wanted to see them grow and mature, never grew them before. We'll see how it goes.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 11:24AM
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