Got my first squash bug sighting on one of my zukes today.
A big sucker too. What is the best organic method of making
I got Chrysanthemum spray, neam oil, hot sauce, soap,
black strap sunflower seeds. I am not opposed to adding
new things too.
Some, by design, synthetic pyrethrin persist for months. I am
going for the organic ones and they break down very quickly.
And, bees are a real concern. A lot of us have trouble attracting
them, especially with the bee colony kills off of late.
Thank you for helping me with this.
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Oh poop (not my "exact" word)! You may have saved me
from doing something really stupid. I need all the
predator bugs I can get. Thank you!
When you said they look similar, you really meant it!
Stink bug (squash bugs are stink bugs):
Last years confirmed squash bugs (all deceased):
The bug I observed saw was solitary. And I know that squash
bugs are highly sociable. (Makes them easier to kill!)
And, there is no sign of any bug damage anywhere.
"I stand on the shoulders of giants!"
Harvested my first two zukes yesterday. Zukes straight
from the garden to the pan, what a treat!
Funny you should say this. Last year I brought a Zuke
leaf with white stains into an organic farmer and asked
him what goes. I was afraid I had "white powder mold".
Neem is the preferred treatment for such in these parts.
The farmer said that if the white is flat and spread
out like a stain, it was just calcium from my water (which
is indeed high in calcium). If it was mold, the white would
be in little tiny granules.
Spotted two soldier bugs hanging out together. Big ones too.
This time I knew to look for the spots on their sides. And
this time, I cheered them on. I think they were talking
about the stock market. Could have been the wind though.
Thank you again for stopping me from doing something stupid.