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Sep 2, 2015 5:53 PM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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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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Sep 2, 2015 7:09 PM CST
Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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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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Sep 2, 2015 7:25 PM CST
Name: Mary K
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I found soapy water to help with squash bugs too.
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Sep 3, 2015 2:36 AM CST
Name: Tom
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Thanks I haven't had these before. Do they only feed on the foliage, or do some other damage?
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Sep 3, 2015 6:16 AM CST
Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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They are a sucking insect that will drain the plant. http://www.ext.colostate.edu/p...
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Sep 3, 2015 6:41 AM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Thanks, good article. Now I will have to be on the watch for these.
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Sep 3, 2015 7:15 PM CST
Name: Rita
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Oh boy, not good. Best to get totally rid of them if possible.
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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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Sep 5, 2015 3:52 AM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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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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Sep 5, 2015 9:56 AM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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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.


Group hug Group hug Group hug Wish there were some easily sure fire way to get rid of them.
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