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Yesterday morning I was in my garden and my squash sprout looked very happy-it had only been up about 2-3 day so was still pretty small. I went out in the afternoon and half of each of the two leaves were gone and the stem of the sprout had been split and hollowed out. There were a few ants around and some very very small bugs, I did not get a very good look at them though. Hard with them so tiny and the same color as the dirt.<br><br>
Any ideas what these bugs are, or what I can do to protect the plants around it, or the replanted squash?<br><br>
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Could be cut worms...or slugs? I have cut the bottom out of little yogurt cups and used them as guards for seedlings.
 

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When I planted cucumbers last year, something kept eating the seedlings, and it turned out to be BIRDS! I was surprised when I caught them in action. I also ended up using cups as guards. If you have warm weather you might want to use paper cups rather than plastic so your seedlings don't get cooked by the sun. Just cut the bottoms out, place them over the seedlings, and dig them into the ground a little to stabilize them. Keep them on as long as needed to keep critters away. When they get too big for the cups you could use gallon milk jugs with the bottoms cut off, but only during the night/early morning.
 

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Ack! I wonder if it was the darn birds that got to my cucumbers. The seedling was in pretty sad shape, and I was gone for two days- when I came back, it wasn't dead as I expected- it was completely gone!!!!
 

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I really don't think it is slugs or birds. There are other things in my garder getting eaten by slugs, though I seem to be slowing them down a little bit <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. This does not look like my other slug fatalities.<br><br>
The stem was split up the side, like someone took a knife to it, a straight smooth cut, with the entire thing hollowed out. I don't know all the technical names for plant parts but all that was left of the stem was a very thin outter shell, so thin it was transparent.<br><br>
Thanks for the yougurt cup idea, that seems like it would help keep a lot of unwanted critters at bay.
 
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