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#1 of 18 Old 08-02-2008, 05:23 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Its been a week or so since we saw an adult squash vine borer hanging around our zukes, and now they are starting to die and we can see the damage the larvae caused to the stalks. I really like zucchini too! We were able to enjoy two big ones, and we might get one more before they croak. Oh well better luck next year. At least I'll know to look for those eggs next time and prevent this from happening.
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Ah-ha! That's what that bug was. Grrrr. No wonder my plants aren't doing well. I'll chalk it up to experience.
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I hate them! I have lost so much in the past to those nasty things. Hate 'em! I fear them more than anything-- they mess with cucs, pumkins, zuc, butternut-- everything!

The other day I sprinkled the base of the vine and the cracked areas with food -quality diatomaceous earth and it seems to be helping. There is lots of new growth and the small squash seem to be growing fine with no soft spots.

Here is information about those nasty -asses.

http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/squash_pest.html

Here is info about Diatomaceous Earth:

http://www.safesolutionsinc.com/Diatomaceous_Earth.htm

Crossing our fingers for all of us. ::
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I hate them! I have lost so much in the past to those nasty things. Hate 'em! I fear them more than anything-- they mess with cucs, pumkins, zuc, butternut-- everything!

The other day I sprinkled the base of the vine and the cracked areas with food -quality diatomaceous earth and it seems to be helping. There is lots of new growth and the small squash seem to be growing fine with no soft spots.

Here is information about those nasty -asses.

http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/squash_pest.html

Here is info about Diatomaceous Earth:

http://www.safesolutionsinc.com/Diatomaceous_Earth.htm

Crossing our fingers for all of us. ::
Wow, thanks for that info, I just figured out what is killing our pumpkins,-the cucumber bugs.

I'm sorry about your zucchini, Mama Poot
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AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH I just found these all over one of my zuccinis and didn't know what they were. I guess I will be off on a killing spree tomorrow.
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Sorry they got your zucchini. Get some DE for next year's crop. The stuff is really handy to have around.
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They seemed to be focused on one plant so I just removed the entire plant and I will be keeping a close eye on the others. I am glad I planted way to many zuke plants-thanks for the DE reccomendation I will get some. Our second growing season is coming up so it will be useful.
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Thanks to another thread I found out I also have powdery mildew. Sigh. I'm just doomed this year.
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Next year plant a radish at the base and that is supposed to keep those buggers away. Plus some nasturtiums will help too.

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Next year plant a radish at the base and that is supposed to keep those buggers away. Plus some nasturtiums will help too.
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They seemed to be focused on one plant so I just removed the entire plant and I will be keeping a close eye on the others. I am glad I planted way to many zuke plants-thanks for the DE reccomendation I will get some. Our second growing season is coming up so it will be useful.

this is what i do too. i "overplant". i have the space and i use it. this way i don't worry about the bugs and i definitely don't use pesticides. some plants don't make it, but many others do. and we are definitely "in" with squash, etc.

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Next year plant a radish at the base and that is supposed to keep those buggers away. Plus some nasturtiums will help too.
You're KIDDING ME I have TONS of nasturtiums out there. They keep spreading-now I understand why they're considered a noxious weed in some places!
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Well, atleast try the radish next year. Obviously the nasturtiums are not helping. They are just taking over.

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You have my sympathies. *hugs*

Our zuchinni plant is on it's way out as well, all due to borers. On the bright side, I told dh that at least the timing is excellant this year; we're about sick of eating zuchinni and have lots frozen already.

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Great.... I just found them this morning!

Married to DH 7 years and have three fantastic kiddos! DS 6, DD 4, and DS 2 ...... lo and behold another is on the way!

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I read while researching that mulching with newspaper also deters them. I lost another one today and went out to buy a newspaper-So I will be braving the heat tomorrow to try and save my last three plants.
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I ripped two out last night and burned them. It killed me because there were such lovely blossoms on them, but the vine iself at the base had basically disengrated.

I hate those uckersfays. I find some of the worms and fed them to the chickens. They were happy.

It looks some of the others are ok because of the DE. We'll see.
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