insects - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Valarie Bedard
Johnston, Rh
Question by blueberriblu
June 8, 2009
how do you get rid of bugs eating my cukes?


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Answer from NGA
June 8, 2009

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Most pesticides are pest specific, so it's important to positively identify the destructive insects and use a product that targets them and them alone. At this point I'd try to identify the damaging insects. If you find them during the day, simply handpick them. If you can't find them during the day, go out after dark with a flashlight and see if you can determine what's causing the damage. I suspect, if the feeding is at night, that you're dealing with slugs, snails and/or earwigs. You can trap these critters by providing a dark, damp hiding place. Try an upturned terra cotta pot in the garden, propped up with a small stone. The pests will hide inside during the day and you can empty the pot each morning and replace it in the garden. You can also try dampened, rolled up newspaper traps in the garden to lure the bad guys. Simply toss the papers in the garbage each morning and place new traps out in the late afternoon. Hope these approaches help you control the pests in your garden!

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