A: Sounds like you could have pickleworms. Use a product with BT, which is good for any caterpillar problem and safe for beneficial insects. Read the instructions carefully. The Label is the LAW!
A: Sounds like it could be the tomato horn worm. To get rid of them, find a product that contains BT, which will not harm beneficial insects or birds that eat the worms. If any of the caterpillars appear to have white raised rice spots on them, leave those alone. These rice spots indicate parasitic wasps' larvae, which are good guys.
A: Suggest you go to two different sites to research the method that is best for you. Both are recommended extension sites. (1) www.growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-fireants (2) www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/vegetables/gardening/hgic1263.html
Q: Can I use Malathion spray on squash blossoms? I've read that Sevin kills bees so I didn't want to use this.
A: Malathion is also very toxic to bees. You didn't mention why you were spraying but, if it's because of the squash vine border, here's an extension link that will provide you with biology and management of these pests:
A: Sound like it coul be Shothole Borers. We'd suggest you get an arborist to take a look at it to see exactly how much infestation you have. Also, there is usually something else that has weakened the tree before they attack. Here's an extension link that should provide more information:
A: You will get some help by creating bat purple marlin homes. The attached extension link will give you more information and additional options. www.extension.purdue.edu/waterquality/resources/mosquitoes1.htm
A: Suggest you purchase a product called Perma-Till. You'll need to pull mulch away from the base of the plants you think they are eating. Best organic method is getting a cat to help control them.
A: We recommend reading the information on the following link: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/notes/Urban/kudzubug.htm
A: You have several options: 1. Spray with insecticidal soap; 2. Use traps; 3. Use Malathion; 4. Use horticulture oil in the spring .. NEVER in hot weather.
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