- Joined Aug 9, 2010
Squash vine borers got our squash last year. Been watching the underside of leaves closely and got a few. Anybody got suggestions on preventing this years crop from meeting a similar fate?
The wife was able to save one last year using that method. It was the first time we had ever encountered the beasties. Now we at least know they exist. I'm just afraid we may not get em in time.SVBs are, knock wood, the one pest I haven't had to deal with. But I'm told that if you monitor them, you can carefully split the vines where they've taken up residence and flick them out.
Don't know firsthand if this works, but thought I'd pass it on.
I noticed it by accident when dealing with a huge invasion of small ants into my kitchen - they set up a full 8-lane highway, complete with four-leaf-clover crossovers and roadsigns, across my kitchen. I took what was available, a dish detergent, and noticed it killed them on contact, i guess by emulsifying their hard, but fat-based shells. I've used it on every type of insect invasion on my terrace plants - it only works on contact, and maybe larger beetles may need stronger detergent, but i was even successful with the white cocciniglia infestation i had (another post on this forum about a laurel bush). I used one of those sprays specifically for cutting grease, and it was necessary later to wash it off, and many of the leaves were ruined, but new ones are springing up and the bush is healthier than ever.Someone once told me to spray the underside of leaves with a strong soap water mix. I don't know if this works on beetles. I do know however it works on aphids, whiteflies and some mealy bugs.