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Are the bugs always this bad?

Post  clfraser on 4/25/2011, 10:29 pm

So I am curious to know from others in this region if the bugs are bad year round, or just late spring summer time. I know I am on the border of the lower south and coastal region according to the forums so anyone is welcome to post on this. I am hoping it is just the heat and humidity that brings the bugs in droves, (please, please, please) if not then I have an uphill battle because they are making this much less enjoyable than I had hoped.
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Re: Are the bugs always this bad?

Post  shannon1 on 4/26/2011, 1:42 am

Here in zone 9a atlantic coast of north Fl. the bugs are always bad found a tiny grass hopper munching away on my black beauty eggplant just this morning. It must have been brand new not even as big as my pinky nail. Needless to say I sent it on it's way so to speak Twisted Evil . Remember not all bugs are bad get to know your alies.
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Post  acara on 4/26/2011, 6:23 am

"The garden buffet is always open" in Florida, from a bugs perspective & GA and TX don't have it much better.

The only Florida gardeners not seeing bugs are the visually impared and the only ones who don't have them are those who don't grow anything Very Happy

Unfortunately, this is just the start .... next month is when the real onslaught usually begins Laughing

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Post  shannon1 on 4/26/2011, 6:33 am

you make me laugh, the pests make me want to cry so thanks. Hope all is well with you and yours, my dear.
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Post  FarmerValerie on 4/26/2011, 2:22 pm

A mild winter and extended growing season means bugs a plenty. Unfortunately yes, the bugs are always bad in the south, hopefully this winter means a lower than normal count.
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Post  elliephant on 4/26/2011, 3:51 pm

Unfortunately Acara is right. It'll be worse next month. I can't tell you after that because I pulled up most everything the first week of June last year. In the fall I had terrible cabbage worms, but BT really helps with that. Other than that it was nice gardening through the fall and winter.

Just as I was about to type a response I saw an adult SVB buzzing around the squash right outside my window. Went out and quickly dispatched him, but as I looked around to see if there were others I realized there was one plant I hadn't checked last night. Yup. SVB...and it was one of my Tatume, which I'd read weren't usually troubled by SVB. Sigh.

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Post  clfraser on 4/26/2011, 9:55 pm

Big Sigh! I was hoping to not hear the bug problems are this bad all the time. Something is really destroying my squash and green beans. Maybe it is not a pest. The green beans are brown spotted and the squash leaves are shriveling and turning brown and dying. Anyways, hopefully things will improve. Thanks for the warnings though and I will be very observant and hopefully catch everything as it comes. At least I know it is possible to have some stuff grow even though the bugs are bad. Yall have all seemed to be successful despite the bugs.
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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 4/26/2011, 11:23 pm

My family has land on the Frio River, near Prade Ranch, in the Hill Country of Texas. Even the lightning bugs required baseball bats to keep them away. The ants looked like infantry soldiers. And, minnows in the river looked like things outriggers are made to catch. It's pretty accurate that "everything's bigger in Texas."

My mom and I were walking home one night through the river after some midnight fishing with my grandfather and grandmother. We heard something rattling the bushes that sounded mean as heck. We huddled together just sure we were going to meet our maker. What ran out? A flipping armadillo! It sounded like a deer with all the snorts and whistles it was making. I can see why Texans still want to carry guns....and should.
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Re: Are the bugs always this bad?

Post  FarmerValerie on 4/27/2011, 8:32 am

If you are not seeing anything, it could be squash vine borer on your squash. Do a search here on the forum for more tips, there have benn many who have dealt with it.

Is there anway you could post some pictures of your beans and squash.
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Re: Are the bugs always this bad?

Post  clfraser on 4/27/2011, 2:20 pm

There are pictures of my problem plants here in this thread:
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t6651p30-organic-pest-control

I think FV, you commented on them in that thread. Maybe someone can identify the problems in this thread. I am working on replacing or treating.
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