Brenda Groth wrote:
i am beginning now to see a lot of the soldier bugs, i guess they kill the squash bugs, so that is a good thing..
These guys have been killing everything squash in my garden this year too including my pumpkin vines. put some garlic cloves next to them (will see if those come up or not) and sprayed this the other day (which I found at http://heirloomacresseeds.com/CatalogPrd.asp?prm=100 )
Homemade Organic Insecticidal Spray
This all-purpose insecticidal soap spray is very effective. Be sure to do a test spray on some hidden leaves first, to make sure your plant is not too sensitive.
3 cloves garlic, finely crushed
• 1 T. vegetable oil
• 3 T. Tabasco or other hot pepper sauce
• 4 cups water
• 1 t. plain liquid dishwashing soap
Combine the crushed garlic, cooking oil and hot sauce and let stand overnight. Strain and add the water. Add the dishwashing soap and stir gently. Pour into a hand sprayer and spray the tops and especially the undersides of the leaves weekly.
It encouraged most of them to leave the plants, but did not kill them. I have drowned some in soapy water, squashed some with my fingers (not sure toxicity, but can stain the fingers), cut some with the pruners, speared others with twigs, and fed some to the friendly spider, though she was not thrilled when I gave her 2 dozen at the same time. I have multiple hundreds of them
I have noticed overtime, that bugs tend to find easy pickings. In time, pest move in to eat your plants, then predators move in to eat the pests.
We have plenty of lizards and other reptiles around. Guess I need to encourage them to eat a few stinkers. Hope I am not killing any soldier bugs. Looked at some pictures of them, but not sure what they look like as younger bugs.
Dont use insecticidal soap /w oil when it's over 90 degrees and humid. It'll kill your plants. Also, if youre in a hot humid area you need to wash the insecticidal soap off your plants after an hour or so. I wish I had seen people give this warning when I was first looking at making my own insecticidal soap... I killed a bunch of plants. Also, make sure your dishwashing soap is SOAP and not DETERGENT. Dr. Bronners is castile soap (soap made from olive oil).
Renate Haeckler wrote:I don't know if this is what is working or not but I've got a volunteer pumpkin in the yard and the bantam chickens give it a very thorough going-over every few days and I don't see any bugs on it at all. Chickens will eat stinkbugs.
David Williams wrote:identify pests, then identify their predators , no predators use diatomatious earth (DE) and try a neem / orange oil/ detergent mix spray... use youtube as a rescource..... GL (will kill indescriminately)
Peace and Love Dave oxoxox
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