Outsmart the Squash Bugs: Thanks Shoe!

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Outsmart the Squash Bugs

By Horseshoe
August 11, 2012

Have squash? Have bugs? Have squash bugs? (One of the hardest pests to get rid of.) Try watering squash plants from top to bottom with your hose wand. This makes the adults want to come to the top of the plant to dry off in the sun. Once they are out in the open, come back in a few minutes and spray with a mix of soap spray and rubbing alcohol. It’ll sure get most of them!

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 10, 2012 8:23 PM CST
I love non toxic methods to kill the baddies. Thumbs up
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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Aug 11, 2012 6:17 AM CST
flaflwrgrl said:I love non toxic methods to kill the baddies. Thumbs up


I agree

Shoe, I've never tried the alcohol/soap spray; does it kill the eggs too?
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plantladylin
Aug 11, 2012 6:47 AM CST
Great tip Shoe! I don't have squash (or squash bugs) but I use that soap/alcohol method of control for bugs on many plants ... works really well!
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Horseshoe
Aug 11, 2012 5:23 PM CST
Howdy, Folks...
Oh m'goodness, I forgot I suggested this tip. What a nice surprise.

"I love non toxic methods to kill the baddies."
Ann, yes, it is a fairly non-toxic way but remember even the safest insect control methods may have certain drawbacks. Soap sprays, used properly sure will help control/kill certain pests (most of them the soft-bodied kind) they can also hurt some of the beneficials. Also, improperly mixed and/or applied may have an affect on certain plants so use caution. With squash plants I feel perfectly safe spraying it, having never seen any detrimental affect to the plant itself.

Chelle...as for the eggs, I can't honestly make a for-sure statement about that mainly because I'd have to do some "personal proof", something you now make me wanna do! :>) But I do know this: The fatty acids in the soap work by clogging the pores of the insects and, depending on the insect, will either cause them to asphyxiate (because many of them breath through their skin) or will dehydrate them (like the soft-bodied bugs like aphids, etc). That being the case I see the squash bud eggs as being "breathable unborn creatures" so can only guess they eggs are either being smothered or their tissue is being broken down by the fatty acids. I'll let you know when I try that experiment! I just gotta know for sure! :>)

Lastly, just to cover more of the bases, everyone should be careful using any soap or soap/alcohol or oil spray during the heat of the day so you don't damage your plants.

Shoe (off to eat a dead chicken, some fresh-picked Romano beans, and taters in a basil and butter sauce!)

Hi, Lin! Hope all is well in sunny Florida!



Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Aug 11, 2012 5:53 PM CST
Thanks again, Shoe.

I usually just tear away the parts of the leaves that have eggs on them, but it would be neat to hear the results of your experiments as well. Thumbs up

Enjoy your table bird and spuds repast, it sounds delicious!
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 11, 2012 5:59 PM CST
Living in Fl. Shoe I know the dangers of applying anything (even water! Blinking ) during the heat of the day & the blazing sun. But thanks for the reminder as well as the danger of killing the "good ones". Thumbs up
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Horseshoe
Aug 11, 2012 6:28 PM CST
*burp.

Oh my, EXCUSE me! Musta been sumpin' I ate. Smiling
(And yes, it was delicious!) Sticking tongue out

Ann, I spent my share of time in Florida and sure do remember that heat! I was further down than you but no matter where you are in Florida if it is 90* it is HOT! Even jumping in the Gulf was like swimming in bath water. Ugh.

Chelle, I do that, too....tear off the leaves. And use the leaves to smash the eggs, folding them over to do it.

Been a long day (market day here) so gonna go find a softer chair to sit in a while than this 3-legged stool I call my "computer chair". Back later.

Happy Day to ya'll!
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crittergarden
Aug 18, 2012 6:37 AM CST
Good to know about the bug defeating method!
Thanks!
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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chelle
Aug 7, 2013 4:51 PM CST
I'm having difficulty deciding which eggs are squash bug eggs, and which are eggs of beneficials....so, as I see clusters of squash bug hatchlings I'm dosing them with Lin's Murphy's Mix. It flattens those critters with a quickness, and I've not had any plant damage either. Hurray!


Thanks again! Thumbs up


Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I neglected to add the vegetable oil. I guess I didn't need it for the squash bugs anyway. Smiling
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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Horseshoe
Aug 7, 2013 5:20 PM CST
Heheheh, I reckon you were saving the vegetable oil for when you cook the squash, eh, Chelle? Yummy! And don't forget to add the chopped/smashed garlic clove(s)and some sweet onion along with those squash...a dish cooked to perfection! Thumbs up
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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chelle
Aug 7, 2013 5:59 PM CST
...and some long beans! Mmmm...so good! Thumbs up

My self-management practices are coming along nicely, too. *Blush* This year we have just enough steady supply of most varieties; only the overly-prolific yellow squash is being given away in any real quantity. None have hit the compost heap yet! Hurray!
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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
For our friend, Shoe. Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Enjoys or suffers cold winters Birds Permaculture Container Gardener
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Horseshoe
Aug 8, 2013 7:12 AM CST
"My self-management practices are coming along nicely, too."

Hah! Now THAT's the sign of a good gardener. Way to go! Glad your squash is being ingested, not dejected, and that includes giving it away to others. Sharing: one of the best things about a veggie garden, eh?

I haven't grown long beans in quite a few years, still preferring snap pole beans instead. I sure remember "the year of the noodle beans" though, quite an abundance of them but they seemed to come much later in the year than I preferred. But as in many things, they were well worth the waiting.

Oh well, speaking of gardens I'm afraid quite a few of my boxed beds are prolifically producing weeds so I better get out there and "harvest" them--- I hope to be setting out fall/winter crops soon and better make some space for them.

Happy Gardening!
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Keeps Horses Hummingbirder Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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chelle
Aug 8, 2013 7:33 AM CST
Big Grin Coming from you, Shoe, that's high praise indeed! Thanks for making my day!

The timing of the long beans are just right to go with the summer squash; plus, the rabbits and groundhogs don't bother them. Thumbs up

Funny stuff! Last evening during my last garden check of the day, with Murphy's sprayer in hand, one of the little long-eared devils decided to mock me by continuing to sit right at my feet...so I tried the spray on his backside! Rolling on the floor laughing Sprayers work to train cats, so who knows? Hilarious! I also sprayed the remains of my chewed up bush bean plants... thinking the smell of the contents might help. Shrug! Might as well give it a try.

Weeding for me today, too.

You have yourself a fine one, too!
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