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#3700513 - 06/30/14 08:21 AM Vine Borer Damage?
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Mud Dauber
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Anyone else's squash get nabbed by vine borers yet? My Zucchini was looking great until the other day when I noticed all of the leaves drooping. Looked at the base of the plant and, sure enough, it was all split open. I hate those things -they always seem to be a problem.
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#3700673 - 06/30/14 11:27 AM Re: Vine Borer Damage? [Re: Poser]
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Not yet. But my dirt is so damp my squash are molding
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#3700885 - 06/30/14 05:26 PM Re: Vine Borer Damage? [Re: LA man]
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That sucks and the durn things are close to impossible to get rid of.
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#3700888 - 06/30/14 05:34 PM Re: Vine Borer Damage? [Re: chunkandwind]
WestTn Huntin'man
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Seems like I have problems every year with my 1st planting. 2nd planting is usually not so bad. You can very carefully cut the vine open dig the sucker out. Then cover the vine with more dirt.
They come from a moth that lays eggs at the base of your plant. The eggs hatch and the baby worms get in the vine.
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#3700980 - 06/30/14 08:29 PM Re: Vine Borer Damage? [Re: WestTn Huntin'man]
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Yep, replanted twice. 8 insect dust has cured the problem
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#3701004 - 06/30/14 09:11 PM Re: Vine Borer Damage? [Re: A.Hall]
Tennessee Lead
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I haven't had a problem with them yet. I have had some rot from the moisture in the ground.
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#3701012 - 06/30/14 09:38 PM Re: Vine Borer Damage? [Re: Tennessee Lead]
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You can beat them with pestacides.. several years ago when I was trying to grow a 1000 pound pumpkin I bought special traps for them with a pheremone in the trap.. they worked pretty good IIRC..
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#3701519 - 07/01/14 06:38 PM Re: Vine Borer Damage? [Re: pressfit]
WestTn Huntin'man
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 Originally Posted By: pressfit
You can beat them with pestacides.. several years ago when I was trying to grow a 1000 pound pumpkin I bought special traps for them with a pheremone in the trap.. they worked pretty good IIRC..

Sounds like a good route that I have not tried. I know the moths are the beginning of the cycle. Do you know where you bought the traps ?? I would like to try them next year.
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#3701624 - 07/01/14 09:39 PM Re: Vine Borer Damage? [Re: WestTn Huntin'man]
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 Originally Posted By: WestTn Huntin'man
 Originally Posted By: pressfit
You can beat them with pestacides.. several years ago when I was trying to grow a 1000 pound pumpkin I bought special traps for them with a pheremone in the trap.. they worked pretty good IIRC..

Sounds like a good route that I have not tried. I know the moths are the beginning of the cycle. Do you know where you bought the traps ?? I would like to try them next year.

here ya go! http://www.greatlakesipm.com/readytousekits.html
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#3702758 - 07/03/14 09:32 PM Re: Vine Borer Damage? [Re: pressfit]
lockandloaded
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Yes my in laws got wiped out this year by borers. No noticed two of my plants are all bored through at the base. Not a good feeling
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#3703231 - 07/05/14 05:07 AM Re: Vine Borer Damage? [Re: lockandloaded]
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Ever heard of putting a pin/needle through the base of the stalk anyone? My uncle says you can do this and prevent the plant from dying once borers enter. I'm skeptical on that one.
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#3703943 - 07/06/14 06:04 PM Re: Vine Borer Damage? [Re: BlountArrow]
chunkandwind
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Replied to your PM, BlountArrow. You can definitely use pins to kill the larvae. It causes much less stress to the plant than cutting into the plant and removing.
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#3705971 - 07/09/14 12:00 PM Re: Vine Borer Damage? [Re: pressfit]
BlountArrow
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 Originally Posted By: pressfit
 Originally Posted By: WestTn Huntin'man
 Originally Posted By: pressfit
You can beat them with pestacides.. several years ago when I was trying to grow a 1000 pound pumpkin I bought special traps for them with a pheremone in the trap.. they worked pretty good IIRC..

Sounds like a good route that I have not tried. I know the moths are the beginning of the cycle. Do you know where you bought the traps ?? I would like to try them next year.

here ya go! http://www.greatlakesipm.com/readytousekits.html


Well, I just purchased (2) traps for both my gardens so I'll let you know how it works. I'm a little late I realize, but I went ahead and did a second planting so hopefully I can protect these or just use it next year and buy more lure, etc.
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#3734975 - 08/16/14 12:02 PM Re: Vine Borer Damage? [Re: BlountArrow]
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I think this is what happened to my spaghetti squash, but I didn't know that's what it was. The whole thing just started looking sick all of a sudden. I'll have to go inspect the bases.
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