Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]
Waging war against the Squash Vine Borer!! Toplef10Waging war against the Squash Vine Borer!! 1zd3ho10

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.

Waging war against the Squash Vine Borer!! I22gcj10Waging war against the Squash Vine Borer!! 14dhcg10

[/td][/tr][/table]
Square Foot Gardening Forum
Would you like to react to this message? Create an account in a few clicks or log in to continue.
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» beneficial nematodes
by OhioGardener Yesterday at 5:48 pm

» N&C Midwest: September 2020 !
by OhioGardener Yesterday at 3:44 pm

» Bokashi
by OhioGardener Yesterday at 12:45 pm

» Hi all!
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 7:37 am

» California - What are you doing this month?
by Yardslave 9/28/2020, 2:33 pm

» OhioGardener SFG
by yolos 9/28/2020, 11:09 am

» Eddie Willers 1st rookie mistake - planting potatoes
by sanderson 9/28/2020, 1:50 am

» New to SFG in Michigan 6a
by sanderson 9/28/2020, 1:35 am

» Your first frost date ...had it yet?
by yolos 9/26/2020, 11:13 pm

» Fire Season
by Turan 9/25/2020, 9:36 pm

» What new seeds are you saving this year?
by Turan 9/25/2020, 9:29 pm

» Self Watering containers?
by OldCrow 9/25/2020, 1:30 pm

» Prior planning prevents poor plantings performance
by plantoid 9/24/2020, 4:43 pm

» Elevated beds
by plantoid 9/24/2020, 4:36 pm

» Planting Asparagus seedlings.
by Cherbear 9/23/2020, 3:31 pm

» Seed Exchange: Looking for Greek Sweet Red Squash
by OhioGardener 9/23/2020, 12:35 pm

» The SFG journey-Shade cloth removal
by has55 9/23/2020, 12:16 pm

» Hello from your Mid-South Host
by BarbaraG 9/22/2020, 10:17 am

» Hello!
by AtlantaMarie 9/22/2020, 7:35 am

» Tomato Pie
by Scorpio Rising 9/21/2020, 9:02 pm

» Lettuce & Greens always bitter
by plantoid 9/20/2020, 3:59 pm

» Squirrels again
by RJARPCGP 9/20/2020, 12:12 pm

» New England, September, 2020
by RJARPCGP 9/19/2020, 11:30 pm

» Tomato Tuesday - 2020
by OhioGardener 9/19/2020, 8:43 am

» Late season Planting?
by Scorpio Rising 9/18/2020, 11:35 am

» Quick Fall Crops
by Scorpio Rising 9/18/2020, 11:31 am

» South West Gal returns to SQF
by AtlantaMarie 9/15/2020, 7:20 am

» Any Strange and Wonderful Visitors? Photos please!
by Scorpio Rising 9/13/2020, 12:36 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by Scorpio Rising 9/11/2020, 10:25 am

» Fall Pollinators
by OhioGardener 9/10/2020, 4:19 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Waging war against the Squash Vine Borer!!

Go down

Waging war against the Squash Vine Borer!! Empty Waging war against the Squash Vine Borer!!

Post  pattipan on 7/12/2010, 1:21 pm

This morning we got out the big guns to battle the dreaded squash vine borer. Actually...it wasn't a very big gun, but a 12 cc syringe that we got from our local Ag store. Despite our diligent inspection of the vines for the eggs of squash vine borer, some of them got into the main stem (saw the tell-tale frass). We were successful in cutting the larva out of the stem from our zucchini -- so far so good -- the plants seem to be okay for now.

Then last Friday I saw the frass at the base of my Bonbon squash (winter-type). How dare that moth lay eggs on my winter squash! I tried cutting the bugger out of the stem, but I wasn't sure I got him. So...I did some more serious Google researching on organically controlling the pest, and several sites recommended injecting the hollow leaves that come off the base of the main stem with liquid Bt (Bacillus Thuringiensis). The idea is that many times the moth will lay the egg on the hollow leaf stem and then burrow in when it hatches and make it's way down to the main stem. One chew into the treated stem and they're goners. So that's what we did! No sign of wilting, so I hope we got the bugger and any future ones.

I am trying to keep a sense of humor, but it's hard when your produce is at stake. Thanks for letting me vent (not that you have a choice!). I will report back later and let you know if the Bt injections worked and if my BonBon vine survives.

Side note...When my DH told the guy at the Ag store what we wanted the syringe for, he said he never heard of doing that (I think he thought we were nuts). Beside farmers, he said he sells a lot of the syringes to serious grillers (to inject marinade). So there's another source idea if you look for one!

Patti
pattipan
pattipan

Female Posts : 808
Join date : 2010-03-04
Location : WV -- Zone 6a

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/gallery/personal160.htm

Back to top Go down

Waging war against the Squash Vine Borer!! Empty Re: Waging war against the Squash Vine Borer!!

Post  Aussie Girl on 7/12/2010, 6:23 pm

Good luck pattipan, I hope you win your battle.

PS - I think you would have to be a very serious 'griller' to go to all the trouble (& mess) of injecting marinade Waging war against the Squash Vine Borer!! 889526
Aussie Girl
Aussie Girl

Female Posts : 62
Join date : 2010-06-15
Age : 41
Location : Queensland, Australia. (US zone 10 borderline11)

Back to top Go down

Waging war against the Squash Vine Borer!! Empty Re: Waging war against the Squash Vine Borer!!

Post  Weedless_ on 7/31/2010, 2:09 pm

Where do you get BT?
My pumpkin just got a squash borer, and I need to kill it fast before it hops over on my squash plants.
Weedless_
Weedless_

Female Posts : 233
Join date : 2010-05-23
Age : 47
Location : Prattville-AL, Zone 8

http://www.eatalready.com

Back to top Go down

Waging war against the Squash Vine Borer!! Empty Re: Waging war against the Squash Vine Borer!!

Post  pattipan on 7/31/2010, 3:05 pm

Weedless_in_Atlanta wrote:Where do you get BT?
My pumpkin just got a squash borer, and I need to kill it fast before it hops over on my squash plants.

I got the BT liquid concentrate (Tiger brand) at Southern States and the syringe at a local farm supply place.

I have also learned to recognize the eggs, have removed a few...and killed one mother moth. The eggs are laid singly. They are so small it's VERY easy to miss them. Sometimes they'll lay them near the top of a leaf stem, burrow in when they hatch and the larva crawls down to the main through the hollow stem! We've been injecting any hollow leaf that leads to the main stem. I am happy to report we are winning the battle! Zucchini and Bonbon squash vines thriving! Spaghetti and yellow squash have shown no signs of the SVB.

If you can't find the liquid, buy the powder form. Make a bit a paste with it on a sharp knife, then cut a slit near where you see the larva frass and see if you can remove the bugger. If you can't get the larva, the BT paste will do him in! It's important to use a sharp knife, to minimize damage to the stem, one with a longer point is even better.

My DH was talking to a local farmer about what we were doing to save our squash. He thought we were crazy...but later he confessed his squash vines were all devastated by the SVB.

Patti
pattipan
pattipan

Female Posts : 808
Join date : 2010-03-04
Location : WV -- Zone 6a

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/gallery/personal160.htm

Back to top Go down

Waging war against the Squash Vine Borer!! Empty Re: Waging war against the Squash Vine Borer!!

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum