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Pumpkin plants dying
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Alan Arvin    Posted 07-13-2004 at 18:12:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My pumpkin plants are dying from bugs boring into the stem of the plant by the roots. I try every year to grow pumpkins so i can give them to the kids that come to our church weiner roast and they always die from these doggone bugs. What can i do to keep this from happening? I tried using servin garden dust but that stuff seemed to do as much damage as anything. Any remedies you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Alan


Bkeepr    Posted 07-14-2004 at 04:29:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Once you have the borers, it is possible to kill them. You have to take a sharp knife or razor blade, make a slit lengthwise in the stem of the vine until you find the borer and then kill it. If you catch it early enough, there's usually no more than one or two in each vine. The vine usually recover.

But it is better to keep the moths away that lay the eggs that turn into the borers. I dust the plants with rotenone dust. I also use the following trap, recipe from a friend.

Mix a quart of water, 3-4 tablespoons of molassis, and about 2-3 ounces of vinegar together.

Get an old gallon milk jug and cut a crescent-moon shaped hole (about 2-3 inches wide at the base, 1.5 inches high, base facing the ground) about 2/3s of the way up one side of the milk jug. Plug the hole in the top. Put the molassis mixture in the jug. Make a few. Scatter a few of these traps around the garden just before the vines start to bloom. Keep them filled with fresh liquid as it evaporates or gets cruddy. The moths will go in there instead of to the squash vines. I tried this two years ago and have had very good success with them.

Once the borers are in the vines, you have to kill them though, as the traps won't work with the borers only the adult moths.

good luck,
Tom A


Alias    Posted 07-14-2004 at 03:02:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Look here..........

http://www.uky.edu/Agriculture/Entomology/entfacts/veg/ef314.htm

This will provide information on Vine borers and Squash Bugs. The squash bugs, according to the article can sap the plants and cause them to wilt and die. I have experienced the same problem and from close examination have determined it not to be from vine borers. Thus, the bugs seem to be the culprits...........gfp


lamadon    Posted 07-13-2004 at 19:27:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
ive posted this before couldent find it in the archives. my dad used this as long as i kan remember.
boil a bag of redman (or thr cheepest) chewing tobacoin a chesecloth bag in about a gal of water and let it steep til it cools. remove the bag then mix it with 2 tbs dish soap and another gal of water and my dad put a fish emulsion in it for fertilizer and sprayed it once a week or after it rained. this worked for him for all the pest septin me LOL. make sure you wash any thing you plan to eat, the soap dont taste good and the tobaco aint good for you either. hope this helps.


Dave Munson    Posted 07-13-2004 at 19:22:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lots of different types of bugs. What kind are they? Sounds like the "squash vine borer" bug.

http://www.backyardgardener.com/wcgp/problems/squash_borer.html


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