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Bugs on my summer squash

Post  Bluphrog on 4/30/2012, 3:57 pm

My summer squash has been blooming for about a week, and the other day when I watered, I noticed these bugs that look like yellowish-orange ants with long black legs. I tried googling squash bugs, but what I got was nothing like what is on my bugs. Does anyone know what they are and the best way to get rid of them? I asked one of my friends, who is an experienced long row gardener, and she immediately suggested Sevin dust. Well, I'd like to get rid of them organically if possible, but will use the Sevin dust if I absolutely have to, because I want some squash!

I was gone all weekend and haven't had a chance to look at it again, and I didn't have a chance to take pictures, but I will look tonight and take pictures if they are still there.
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Post  elliephant on 4/30/2012, 5:06 pm

Sounds like it was probably the nymph stage of some bug.

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Post  camprn on 4/30/2012, 6:41 pm

Next time you see one, snap and post a photo here.

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Post  Bluphrog on 5/2/2012, 9:53 am

The bugs have now moved from my summer squash to my eggplant. I took this picture around 6:45 p.m. yesterday. They looked like they were all settling in for the night.

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Post  elliephant on 5/2/2012, 10:51 am

Look like leaf-footed bug nymphs. Kill them while you can because the adults are MUCH hard to kill!

ETA: Here's a link that talks about them and gives a picture.

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/weekly_Q&A/p&dc_12.htm

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Post  Bluphrog on 5/2/2012, 11:04 am

Thank you. That's exactly what they are. I will stop at the Garden Center after work and pick up one of the TAMU recommended insecticides. Since there isn't any fruit yet on either the squash or the eggplant, I hope I'll still get a harvest.

I'm glad I decided to start small this year. Hopefully, I'll learn from all my mistakes and have a better garden next year.
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Post  elliephant on 5/2/2012, 11:12 am

Also don't be afraid to squash the little buggers by hand. As you've seen, they like to hang out in groups and you can get a bunch of them at once. Wear gloves if you're squeamish Very Happy

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Post  Bluphrog on 5/2/2012, 11:22 am

I have to admit that I really don't want to touch them, not because I'm squeamish exactly, but because for hours afterward I'll feel like something's crawling on me. Even though I didn't touch them when I took the pictures yesterday, I spent the evening brushing away "something" on my arms, legs, and worst of all, feeling something on my neck. Of course, I knew there wasn't anything there, but the mind is a funny thing. :scratch:
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