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Post  RC3291 on 5/29/2017, 11:16 am

My yellow squash on one of my plants start developing then turn a dark orange. Picked one today and it had a very small hole and a critter of some sort. Not sure if this is related but here's a pic of a Zucchini too. Spots and doesn't seem to be developing any further.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 5/29/2017, 6:55 pm

I had spots like your zukes on my tromboncino squash last year but I just ate around them. Never found out what they were.

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Post  camprn on 5/29/2017, 8:04 pm

Scars of some sort on the zukes. Probably from chipmunks or some other critter nibbling in the young fruit.

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Post  RC3291 on 5/29/2017, 10:49 pm

Might have been a bird pecked at them. They seemed to quit growing. The yellow squash are really bugging me. I have a few only 2 inches long turning orange like that one. All are on one plant that has made some nice big yellow ones.
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Post  RC3291 on 6/1/2017, 2:12 pm

Squash vine borers on the yellow squash. Lost two plants so far.
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Post  kamigh on 6/1/2017, 2:58 pm

@RC3291 wrote:Squash vine borers on the yellow squash. Lost two plants so far.
Those creatures are the scourge of the earth!!!   Evil or Very Mad
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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/1/2017, 3:42 pm

@kamigh wrote:
@RC3291 wrote:Squash vine borers on the yellow squash. Lost two plants so far.
Those creatures are the scourge of the earth!!!   Evil or Very Mad

Agree!!!
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Post  Ginger Blue on 6/2/2017, 1:24 pm

pale No Sad  Hate those SVBs!
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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/2/2017, 1:51 pm

I'm going to cover my zukes and Delicatas with netting this year for the first time. SVB appears around June 18th in my area. I hope it works.
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Post  has55 on 6/2/2017, 2:26 pm

I just post a garlic mint pest recipe under the thread "12 Homemade Organic Garden Remedies". under the testimony page someone wrote this prevented the SVB from infecting their plants
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Post  RC3291 on 6/2/2017, 6:55 pm

I have a couple of mint plants in pots near my squash plants to get the mint from. Don't know if that deterred the SVBs and squash bugs or weather it was the 30-40 mph winds we've had most of the spring. Now it seems the rain has set in. Probably going to get rid of my zucchini plant as it is struggling and think I know why now. Hasn't flowered in a while so going to start over, it's a long growing season this year.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 6/2/2017, 7:25 pm

@RC3291 wrote:I have a couple of mint plants in pots near my squash plants to get the mint from. Don't know if that deterred the SVBs and squash bugs or weather it was the 30-40 mph winds we've had most of the spring. Now it seems the rain has set in. Probably going to get rid of my zucchini plant as it is struggling and think I know why now. Hasn't flowered in a while so going to start over, it's a long growing season this year.
You think it is SVBs?  Because those scars on the zuke look like local bite-type damage...I would eat it.  

Is the plant itself looking good?  No wilting?  Blooming?
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Post  has55 on 6/2/2017, 9:34 pm

RC3291 can you post a picture of the entire plant?
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Post  RC3291 on 6/2/2017, 10:00 pm

I think you are correct about the scars on the zucchini. The zucchini plant has been loosing leaves for a while now. Turn yellow and dry up. Thought it was PM but not so sure now. Two of the yellow squash plants wilted and died in about two days. Found signs of SVB on those. Didn't bother to dissect them, burned em. A month or more ago I found places on the stem of the zuke that looked like something had gnawed on it and it quit producing flowers. I'm thinking the yellow squash were infested and the bigger zuke maybe only has a few. Hasn't had any flowers in a week or two and seems to be going down hill. I'd take a pic but it's raining cats and dogs. Maybe tomorrow.
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Post  has55 on 6/2/2017, 10:18 pm

I usually don't see SVB until this month. yes, it definitely raining cats and dogs here in Denton. I got caught out there on those flooded streets today. Sorry for the loss, but there still time to plant again.
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Post  newbeone on 6/3/2017, 10:17 am

Hi Has! Is there a chance You mite have had a little hale?
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Post  RC3291 on 6/3/2017, 10:24 am

I actually saw an adult flying around my squash yesterday. Nasty looking critters. When I culled the two there were the bore holes in the stalks so I'm pretty sure that's what was wrong. The one I have in the five gallon bucket hasn't done anything significant so no containers that small any more. Here's a pic of the ones I have left. Still raining so not going to get the camera wet to get a better pic.

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Post  has55 on 6/3/2017, 12:11 pm

@newbeone wrote:Hi Has! Is there a chance You mite have had a little hale?
no hail, just tons of rain. I was fortunate. I don't think there was any report of hail in our area yesterday. Any hail in SA? Is the aquifer back to normal yet? Our lakes are down slightly, so we need the rain. It will rain till Monday.

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Post  has55 on 6/3/2017, 12:13 pm

@RC3291 wrote:I actually saw an adult flying around my squash yesterday. Nasty looking critters. When I culled the two there were the bore holes in the stalks so I'm pretty sure that's what was wrong. The one I have in the five gallon bucket hasn't done anything significant so no containers that small any more. Here's a pic of the ones I have left. Still raining so not going to get the camera wet to get a better pic.

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your description definitely sounds like you've been attacked.
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Post  RC3291 on 6/3/2017, 6:24 pm

Culled the last three and dissected them. Full of worms, don't know how they even alive. Revenge was sweet, my chickens loved them.
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Post  sanderson on 6/4/2017, 2:49 am

@RC3291 wrote:Culled the last three and dissected them. Full of worms, don't know how they even alive. Revenge was sweet, my chickens loved them.
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I'm sorry you had to lose the squash just to make the chickens happy.

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Post  has55 on 6/4/2017, 2:50 am

good identification skills. many of us are still learning. thanks for sharing.
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Post  RC3291 on 6/4/2017, 8:25 am

Has, I'm glad it doesn't rain pitchforks anymore. Some of the bore holes I found were not near the base of the plant but about half way up the stem. Keep that in mind when looking for signs. I still have my experiment with the yellow crookneck in the 25 gallon container. It's about 8-10 inches tall. Found this video for all of us squash growers.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/4/2017, 9:04 am

I was surprised when I found borer holes up much higher than I had expected to find them also. I had also meticulously wrapped foil around the base stem to keep them out that year. And then the following year I wrap netting all around the stem and they still went in up higher.
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Post  yolos on 6/4/2017, 11:36 am

@RC3291 wrote:Has, I'm glad it doesn't rain pitchforks anymore. Some of the bore holes I found were not near the base of the plant but about half way up the stem. Keep that in mind when looking for signs. I still have my experiment with the yellow crookneck in the 25 gallon container. It's about 8-10 inches tall. Found this video for all of us squash growers.

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Thanks RC, that was a great video.
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