Outsmart the Squash Bugs: squash on the ground has more squash bugs?

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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: tk
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texaskitty111
Mar 9, 2014 10:10 AM CST
I'm curious if anyone that has planted their squash in containers off the ground, or trained their squash onto a trellis, if those plants off the ground have less squash bugs?
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chelle
Mar 9, 2014 11:56 AM CST
I haven't found that it makes much difference. I grew bush zucchini in a 23 gallon container and it was actually the first to get squash bugs.
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Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Mar 9, 2014 1:18 PM CST
Well, that's disappointing
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chelle
Mar 9, 2014 1:28 PM CST
On the other hand, since the container raised them so much closer to eye/hand level it was easier to see, catch and dispose of the bugs.

Astia is a good container squash...if you're thinking of trying it. Smiling
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Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Mar 9, 2014 2:12 PM CST
I just have 2 packets of squash assortments. One packet is winter squash, one is summer. That works better for me, as I only have a small garden, and it would take years to use up a whole packet of zucchini. I have grown 5 of each kind. Let the battle begin!
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Horseshoe
Mar 11, 2014 7:05 PM CST
Wishing you the best with your squash harvest this year, t-kitty.

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Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Mar 11, 2014 7:21 PM CST
Thanks, since I have my garden in a cage, I decided to try using my guineas to eat the bugs (squash bugs). Guineas don't dig, or eat the plants if there are bugs. I let them in today while I worked in the garden, and they ate some of the leaf cutter ants. Hoorah! Wouldn't it be nice to see them standing over a squash plant and cleaning up all the bugs each day? Anyone know how long squash bug season is in Texas? If it works, then all of you can get a couple. Well, you would have just let them out as needed, because they will eat ripening fruit.



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Horseshoe
Mar 11, 2014 7:31 PM CST
I love guineas and have had them for years - well, until a few years ago, but I'm sure I'll be getting more some day. They are great bug harvesters, including keeping the tick population down. Mine roamed free and would make their daily rounds around the property doing bug patrol.

I hope they zap your squash bugs! I'm pulling for ya!!



Name: tk
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texaskitty111
May 8, 2014 7:54 PM CST
Anyone have squash bugs yet? Not here, its been cooler than normal
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texaskitty111
Jul 4, 2014 2:37 PM CST
I have squash bugs only on summer squash, they don't like winter squash. I have been spraying with neem oil, and while I'm working in the garden, I let the guineas in. They rush to the squash, and eat the bugs.
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MaryE
Sep 6, 2014 12:58 PM CST
I've got squash bugs on the winter squash and the zucchini, but none on the cucumbers right next to them. Shoe, I'm going to have to remember that watering trick. It sure beats crawling around on hands and knees to try to catch them all. How much alcohol would you put in about a quart of this mix?
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Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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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!
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Horseshoe
Sep 7, 2014 1:27 PM CST
Howdy, Mary...nice to see ya!

When I use a pump-up sprayer I use about a "glug" of alcohol. Rolling my eyes. If I were to use a hand-size quart spray bottle I'd use no more than a tablespoon of alcohol. I hope you get those boogers, especially on the winter squash so you get a good harvest for winter use.

Hope all is well out your way!
Best to you and yours!
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MaryE
Sep 8, 2014 10:23 AM CST
Thanks, Shoe.
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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!
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Horseshoe
Sep 8, 2014 11:52 AM CST
I tip my hat to you.

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