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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Sep 2, 2015 5:53 PM CST
I found these on my zucchini. They really had a strong smell, I'm assuming they are stink bugs. They were all gathered on few leaves, so I picked the leaves and put them in a plastic bag and sprinkled them with seven dust and sealed it for the garbage. I haven't seen any more since.
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Name: Dillard Haley
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farmerdill
Sep 2, 2015 7:09 PM CST
Actually those are the dreaded squash bugs (Anasa tristis) They are frequently called stink bugs but so are other species. Stink bug is a much more general term.
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p1mkw
Sep 2, 2015 7:25 PM CST
I found soapy water to help with squash bugs too.
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Sep 3, 2015 2:36 AM CST
Thanks I haven't had these before. Do they only feed on the foliage, or do some other damage?
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Name: Dillard Haley
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farmerdill
Sep 3, 2015 6:16 AM CST
They are a sucking insect that will drain the plant. http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05609.html
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tveguy3
Sep 3, 2015 6:41 AM CST
Thanks, good article. Now I will have to be on the watch for these.
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Newyorkrita
Sep 3, 2015 7:15 PM CST
Oh boy, not good. Best to get totally rid of them if possible.
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dave
Sep 4, 2015 6:33 PM CST

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The only control we have found to work is manual control - picking off the eggs before they can hatch, and removing the adults by squishing. Placing boards around the plants, the bugs will crawl under them. So you can then pick up the board and quickly crush them before they have a chance to hide.

It's because of these horrible creatures that most years, we can't get a pumpkin harvest.
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Sep 5, 2015 3:52 AM CST
Thanks for the info Dave, They were only on the zucchini, and I haven't seen others yet. My winter squash has most of it's squash fully developed already. I'll get a crop this year for sure, but hope the bugs don't get too plentiful next year.
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Newyorkrita
Sep 5, 2015 9:56 AM CST
dave said:The only control we have found to work is manual control - picking off the eggs before they can hatch, and removing the adults by squishing. Placing boards around the plants, the bugs will crawl under them. So you can then pick up the board and quickly crush them before they have a chance to hide.

It's because of these horrible creatures that most years, we can't get a pumpkin harvest.


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