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Down With the Little Buggers!

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Remember how just a week or so ago I was reflecting on how "Expectation is the mother of all frustration"? It seems That I was really expecting to have a bumper crop of zucchini and squash, and due to my massive infestation of bugs, I am really going to be frustrated instead.

These squash bugs (more accurately termed Cucumber Beetles) are fierce and ferocious, virile and voracious...

This USED to be a rather healthy young vegetable squash plant!

And did I mention that there are a lot of them?

This is a closer view of their unbridled enthusiasm in corrupting my beautiful squash bloom... you can see them carousing and eating and generally misbehaving outrageously!

These photos don't tell even 1% of the story, either!

No wonder I'm bugicidal!!!
Kill! Kill! Kill!
Die! Die! Die!
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    1784 days ago
    Do you have seagulls where you live?Sounds like you could use their help! emoticon
    1784 days ago
    hope you find a cure soon!
    1785 days ago
    Oh my gosh! I am so sorry for you and your plants. And they must die! emoticon
    1785 days ago
    I am with you. Die bugs Die!!!!!!
    1785 days ago
    As I was reading this I happened to glance over and see some pages I had torn from my winter issue of Herb Quarterly...about natural pest repellents. Nothing specific mentioned for cucumber beetles but here are 2 that are for any garden plants / bugs :

    1/2 cup each of hot red pepper, fresh spearmint leaves, horseradish leaves & roots, green onion tops
    2 tablespoons liquid detergent
    Chop plants and add enough water to cover. Mix well and strain. Add 1/2 gallon water and detergent to the solution. Combine 1/2 gallon of solution with 1/2 gallon of water and pour into a spray bottle. Use as needed on infected plants. Can be stored for a few days in a cool place.

    Grab a few cups of strongly scented roots and leaves (ginger, horseradish, garlic, mints, onions, basil, etc) and chop. Boil a few cups of the roots with enough water to cover. Cover the mixture and let it soak overnight. Strain the liquid and add it to a spray bottle with a small amount of liquid soap. (So I just realized it is basically the same as the first recipe except unstructured and you can be creative with the ingredients)
    1785 days ago
  • JUDITH316
    I'm so sorry, I don't know what to say or suggest other than perhaps go to your nearest garden centre and ask them what you can get that would get rid of the bugs and hopefully salvage your crops. emoticon emoticon
    1785 days ago
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