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Post  floyd1440 on 5/11/2012, 8:44 pm

My pole beans are up and some bugs are eating all the leaves. They are about 1/4 to 1/2 inch long, gray and brown looking and if I don't do something I will loose them.

Any ideas on what they may be and what I can do to get rid of them?

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Post  camprn on 5/11/2012, 9:41 pm

Floyd, do any of your pests look like any of these in this blog?
http://hornfarmgardens.blogspot.com/

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Post  floyd1440 on 5/12/2012, 6:37 am

@camprn wrote:Floyd, do any of your pests look like any of these in this blog?
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Yikes!!! That is the bugs that are crawling around and eating my beans so thanks for that link. O.K. I can get the stuff to make the spray but I was wondering if they will even make it, They just sprouted a few days ago and the first set of leaves is all they have and they are almost gone.affraid

Do I pull them out and start new? And they seem to be crawling up from the stem in one case so are they eating the roots too?

Will keep you posted on what I did and how effective things are working..thanks again for the link. I went online and one link said one cap full of Murphy's soap to one gallon.
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Post  camprn on 5/12/2012, 7:03 am

which critter is it?

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Post  floyd1440 on 5/12/2012, 7:18 am

I think it is the Squash Bug....

Will try to go and get some pictures later today to make sure
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Post  floyd1440 on 5/12/2012, 7:42 am

@camprn wrote:which critter is it?


I went down a minute ago and there were none but here are some pics of the damage done to date.







Checked the garden and saw no damage with my brocolli, cabbage, or cauliflower. So ithe creature only likes my beans so far...
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Post  camprn on 5/12/2012, 7:51 am

was it the spotted bean beetle Floyd?

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Post  floyd1440 on 5/12/2012, 8:18 am

@camprn wrote:was it the spotted bean beetle Floyd?

Cannot say for sure but I think it is the squash bug but cannot say for sure. Hoping when it warms up I can get some more pictures fo the bugs.

But from what you have seen should I replant?
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Post  walshevak on 5/12/2012, 9:05 am

Your sprouts are not eaten down enough to warrant starting over yet. Spray with BT and the new growth should make up for the early nibbles. Mine looked a lot like that until I got the BT going.

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Post  givvmistamps on 5/12/2012, 11:16 am

Does anyone know if this bug comes with red markings in the South? I have seen a bug with a similar body shape but it has red stripes horizontally across it's back...it seems to like my squash an awful lot! Plus, I just found some eggs on my pole beans. Sad
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Post  floyd1440 on 5/12/2012, 7:19 pm

Here is a pic of my bug......



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Post  camprn on 5/12/2012, 8:31 pm

That looks like a Pill Bug.
Normally they eat mostly decaying organic matter, but sometimes they like fresh tender greens. When the bean plants get bigger they will not be a threat, but DE can take care of them. As always I encourage use of any product by following the label directions.

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Post  floyd1440 on 5/12/2012, 9:15 pm

@camprn wrote:That looks like a Pill Bug.
Normally they eat mostly decaying organic matter, but sometimes they like fresh tender greens. When the bean plants get bigger they will not be a threat, but DE can take care of them. As always I encourage use of any product by following the label directions.

Dumb question but what is DE? I do have a compost pile close and also some mushroom manure I put in the bed last fall.

Have to find the source too

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Post  camprn on 5/12/2012, 9:29 pm

OOps, Sorry Floyd... Here is links
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diatomaceous_earth

http://www.small-farm-permaculture-and-sustainable-living.com/natural_flea_killer.html


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Post  floyd1440 on 5/13/2012, 1:29 pm

I should also should have asked were to purchase DE????
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Post  camprn on 5/13/2012, 3:22 pm

I bought mine at the local farm/grain/garden store.

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Post  walshevak on 5/13/2012, 4:39 pm

I got mine at a local nursery but I know Tractor Supply carries it. FYI, it is sprinkled on/in animal bedding to cut down on the bugs. I had a lot of ketchup and mustard squirt bottles left from running a resturant. I fill one about half way and use it as a puffer.

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Post  floyd1440 on 5/14/2012, 8:00 pm

@walshevak wrote:I got mine at a local nursery but I know Tractor Supply carries it. FYI, it is sprinkled on/in animal bedding to cut down on the bugs. I had a lot of ketchup and mustard squirt bottles left from running a resturant. I fill one about half way and use it as a puffer.

Kay

Now another question..Is this DE a liquid or a powder product? From what Camp's links it looks like a powder form. But you used mustard bottles so is it a powder?

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Post  walshevak on 5/14/2012, 8:15 pm

Yes. I put the powder in the container, shake gently, and squeeze gently, puffing the dust up under the leaves, on the leaves and on the soil surface.. It's not the best thing available, but I had it handy and with some care it works.

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