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addison Il

Checking the vines today and was joking with becky saying I found an svb hole it was suppose to be a joke.Im not laughing anymore. Just in case it was a real hole I dug in the hole and pulled out a big white maggot looking thing with a black head, so I dug some more and out came 2 more.I cut the vine length wise to inspect it and there where no more.I think I'm done for the season as unless the vine magically heals theres no way the pumpkin I have set on the main is gonna live.Heads up to everyone even if you think you don't have svbs its a good thing to check and whatever you do dont tease your fellow growers :(

7/12/2007 5:56:08 PM


Cottage Grove, MN

It sucks! I hate them, I hate them, I hate them. Keep going, there's mention of a 900lb'er with out being connected to the stump, it happens! I'm not ripping anything out just yet, let ma nature take her course and the punks are pretty tough cookies when it comes to healing (I hope).

7/12/2007 7:28:03 PM


if you cut the vine length wise it sill heal,,don't ditch the plant,,,

apply some captan or sulpher and let it dry along the "incision" I think you'll be surprised (that's if you gotum all)

7/12/2007 10:51:20 PM



Tracy: Where did they dig into the vine? on top/side? Were they close to the basal crown? I'm going to start my barbeque again and have a SVB campfire!

7/12/2007 11:22:22 PM


addison Il

I had heard that they usually go for about 4 feet off the vinee so thats where I started my fake search. I found the hole at 4 1/2 feet it was on the side of the vine covered by grass. It looked just like described a little saw dust around a small hole. The only reason I saw it was becasue it looked like someone put baby food on my vine.I poked a nail in the hole and when i pulled back I had this grub on the sharp part of it.I dug around some more and split the vine in the process. When it split I looked inside and saw two more the first one was nice normal size the other two grubs where huge.The inside of the vine was hollow but as the crack moves down the vine I can feel the rest of its solid so they did not get to far in there buffet.Every one of my plants was inspected and everyone had grubs in them ,all between the four and five foot mark. From what I have read here they can strike your vine any length. Mabye my plant will be ok, Mabye not but at least I know what to look for and will be ruining there meals for the rest of the season. Good luck in your search and may you find nothing and to everyone else grow em big.

7/13/2007 2:02:33 AM

Jason D


That sucks curvy1. Im fighting them on a daily basis and havent found a worm yet just tiny little eggs. I had a hole on top of my secondarie and I cut it length wise but I cant find any worms at all. And no signs of their trails at all. Tonight will be another fight and hopefully I dont find any worms I just cant understand why Im not seeing any worms just a hole here and there but no signs off those evil little maggots. I know what you guys are feeling. Ya work so hard on the plants just to have a single bug destroy your work.

7/13/2007 10:00:19 AM

Pumpkin Mom 07

Lombard, IL

Oh No! I am so sorry! I wish there was something I could do.

7/14/2007 11:47:46 PM




I'm sorry you're going through this. I also hope your diligence pays off.

Did you use any insecticides on the plants? I seem to recall concern for a medical related safety concern?

Maybe next year we can find a repellent like Garlic Barrier to keep the adults away without the need for toxicity conerns.

7/15/2007 12:13:04 AM

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