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squash bugs/borers

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Location: Virginia
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ive been killing them the past couple days.  each day gets to be fewer.  but still the squash plants are dying.  im beginning to think,  im wasting my time with squash.  had a decent crop last yr.  till bugs moved in.  but this yr the plants cant even get started good.

as for smelling like joolly ranchers.  not here.  they flat out stink.
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Location: Abilene, KS
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Ya, I'm with you on this one.  I hate those things.  Soapy water doesn't do anything for my variety of squash bug other than give them a shower.  I tried several things the past couple years and the bugs won.  Chickens aren't interested in them, either.  Aghhhh.

I was planning on getting Neem this year.  And I better get it fast as I saw one on a potato plant yesterday.  Maybe it was just confused.  Last year they wiped out pumpkins, all squashes and were even on the rhurbarb.  It's war....
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I was wondering. Has anyone tried Equisetum tea (Organic Preparation 508)?  How about Solarizing the area and starting over?

I'm having some kind of problem that takes my squash plants from healthy fruit bearing plants to DEAD in no time.  It starts out with the leaves going white and then just plain dead.  Now I have a pumpkin that has leaves turning yellow.  I put DE around it and sprayed a wimpy version of Preparation 508 (made from Alvita Tea bags of Horsetail tea).  It smelled right, but I don't think it was very potent.  Anyway, the plants continue to look worse every day.

Any info will help.
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