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What are these BuGs?

Post  1chichi on 5/31/2010, 7:41 am

These tiny black bugs are inside my pumpkin flowers.
They are small like fleas, but they're not fleas.
Does anyone know what they are and how to get rid of them?

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Post  Megan on 5/31/2010, 7:55 am

I'm not sure about the bugs, but what is that white powder all over your plants?
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Post  camprn on 5/31/2010, 7:56 am

I don't know what those bugs are, but I don't know that they will hurt your plant either.
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Post  chocolatepop on 5/31/2010, 9:03 am

humm, IDK either, but Megan i think in another thread the powder was said to be ok, not mildew but some sort of plant powder.
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Post  1chichi on 5/31/2010, 9:11 am

@Megan wrote:I'm not sure about the bugs, but what is that white powder all over your plants?

That's Food Grade DE(diatomacious earth), it's made from shell fossils.
It's supposed to keep the bug population down.
Oh well, maybe I would have huge bug colonies if I didn't use it.
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Post  Megan on 5/31/2010, 9:14 am

Oh! Okay. Sorry if I missed a previous reference. My squash are just starting to leaf out and I am paranoid. ;-)
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Post  nursekat424 on 5/31/2010, 11:57 am

i dont know what the bugs are but i see them all over alot of flowers, especially one shaped like those. they dont seem to hurt the plants, IMO i think maybe they help with pollination. but i cant gaurantee it.
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Post  jtwenting on 6/2/2010, 3:48 am

Get over the idea that you have to keep all insects out, most are perfectly harmless and many are in fact beneficial.

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Post  1chichi on 6/2/2010, 8:18 am

@jtwenting wrote:Get over the idea that you have to keep all insects out, most are perfectly harmless and many are in fact beneficial.


I would like to know what they are, and if they are doing some of the damage to my plants.
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Post  chocolatepop on 6/2/2010, 11:29 am

I dont think it is unreasonable to want to know what a bug is, whether it is beneficial or not.

Here you go try this

http://www.gardensafari.net/index.htm
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Post  bullfrogbabe on 6/2/2010, 10:00 pm

If they spring away like a flea when you poke at them they are springtails. They are harmless.

If not, they look pretty harmless anyway -- they are so small I can't imagine they take very big bites!
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Post  martha on 6/2/2010, 10:10 pm

1chichi and chocolatepop, I do agree with you. I understand - and agree with - Jtwenting's observation - we can't keep them all out. But they do range from beneficial, to harmless, to a little harmful, to .

Just as an aside - powdery mildew on pumpkins (which you don't have!) is not harmful. On most other plants it is.

I had a volunteer pumpkin a few years ago that had powdery mildew. I thought I was lucky, but turns out it really isn't a problem.
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