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Old July 22, 2015   #1
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Default please tell me there is an organic pesticide for squash vine bore

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Old July 22, 2015   #2
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This stuff worked on my whiteflies. I noticed it killed potato bugs, too:
http://www.evergreengrowers.com/met5...w-formula.html

I don't know for sure if it meets the official government standard, but the stuff is basically harmless to people. I have been meaning to test it on stink bugs.
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Old April 17, 2016   #3
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I read that you can inject BT with a meat injector right into the stalks. will report back on success this year
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Old April 18, 2016   #4
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I have read that you can use a syringe, but I am not sure if it works as a preventative. I think they have to be in the stem. I am going to use foil around the stems this year. I'll try to cover with insect netting also.
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Old April 18, 2016   #5
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DE works for me, need to kind of pile it around the stem.
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Old April 18, 2016   #6
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Mycotrol-O
I dont think svb is listed on the label but i have personally used it directly on a borer i dug out of a pumpkin vine and it killed that rascal dead as a hammer. It is a systemic bacteria. Follow the label closely. Its very pricey and has a short shelf life.
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Perhaps grow varieties/species of squash that are not susceptible to borers.
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Old April 19, 2016   #8
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The only option is to cut them out, and MAYBE the plant will make it. I've tried generous dustings of DE, foil around the base of each vine, kaolin clay and piles of gravel as mulch.

This year I am growing my cukes under floating row covers. I have already seen the SVB moths hovering over them in the garden. If I don't get a decent harvest I am giving up on heirloom cukes. Growing Suyo Long, Lemon and Boston Pickling.

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It is just a moth. And a fairly docile one at that.

They are easily identified.




I normally see them in the garden between 9AM and 11AM. Watch where they land (normally on a squash leaf.) and you can walk up to them. I thump them to the ground with my middle finger then squash them with my foot. A simple organic solution.
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I just read an article from Rodales that someone mentioned growing peppermint in with their squash and had no squash vine borers. It wouldn't hurt to try it.
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Old April 21, 2016   #11
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It is just a moth. And a fairly docile one at that.

They are easily identified.




I normally see them in the garden between 9AM and 11AM. Watch where they land (normally on a squash leaf.) and you can walk up to them. I thump them to the ground with my middle finger then squash them with my foot. A simple organic solution.
"A simple organic solution." I like that!
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Old April 23, 2016   #12
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I have tried for years to stop them and it is impossible.The few things I found that helped are

Don't plant in the same place every year- move from one end of your garden to the other.This will keep the borers that buried in the soil from getting your new squash.

Get some minced garlic and put in a container at the base of each plant and the older and stronger it gets the better.Add water to keep it from drying out and replace when necessary.

Wipe the stems every 2 or 3 days with a rag and some ivory soap.

These steps will buy you time and will make the harvest longer but as the plants get bigger they will eventually get in.
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Old April 24, 2016   #13
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Growing bush beans in with your potatoes will discourage potato bugs. They hate the beans, I guess. When I lived in Missouri, the guy across the street was spraying Sevin on his potatoes every week or so. I planted rows of beans between my rows of potatoes and never saw a bug after I started doing that. But lost all my squash, summer and winter to squash bugs every year. I could hand pick and smash egg cases for a while, but I always lost the race in the end. Here in New York, I'm lucky-the moth doesn't seem to live here. I like the peppermint solution, but mints can get pretty aggressive. Maybe try blending it up in the blender with some water and spray it on the plants. Worth a try, maybe.
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Old April 24, 2016   #14
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Along with the garlic and soap, hand picking eggs and every other suggestion people here have made. Those bugs are bad!
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If anybody finds a good cure for stink bugs I need to know. I'm considering doing kaolin clay this year since they just ruined so many tomatoes last year. That and those leaf hoppers,ugh!
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