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Old June 6, 2016   #1
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I have been experimenting with using polyurethane glue to kill squash vine borers.
instead of carving up the whole stem trying to track down where they are, I will ream out the hole (edit...the hole made by the SVB) with a pen knife and clean it out the best I can. Then I will squirt in a healthy amount of Gorilla glue into the hole and immediately tape up the hole with several tight wraps of electrical tape. My thought is that as the foam expands it will fill the tunnel and encapsulate the SVB. The tape over the whole confines the glue and should increase the pressure inside the stem. After a few hours I remove the tape.

I think I'm stopping the SVB's dead in their tracks before they grow big enough to cause serious damage.

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So you say it's working? What an innovative solution! (That's not a word I use casually.)

I wonder if it would do as well without the tape. How deep are the holes?
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Old June 6, 2016   #3
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I will keep it up and report back. I just did 3 this morning; hard to be sure its working until more time has gone by.

I've just been reaming out their existing holes and cleaning it up with a knife point. I probably should have been more clear, I'm reaming out the hole the SVB has made, not creating a new one. You could skip the tape I suppose, but then the foam would come out the hole which might defeat the purpose.

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Creative idea - the followup will tell! Please keep us posted!
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Steve it is a neat idea. How far does the foam expand upward on the squash vine? I imagine you could tell by shining a flashlight to the vine at night and seeing the difference in light transmittance if it was too difficult to tell during the day.
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Steve it is a neat idea. How far does the foam expand upward on the squash vine? I imagine you could tell by shining a flashlight to the vine at night and seeing the difference in light transmittance if it was too difficult to tell during the day.

Good idea! I'll look tonight to see if it leaves a shadow
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Steve, how did the Gorilla glue work out?
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