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Subject:  Its not too soon to start spraying for bugs

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Winston Salem, NC

Saw cucumber beetles today in NC! Remember when it comes to insecticide, stronger is not always better, it often hurts the plant especially in the middle of the day.... new growers consider yourself warned.

5/15/2017 2:33:04 PM


South Hero, VT

Plan on spraying for insects AND disease June 1 here in Vermont.

Proactive is better than reactive.

5/15/2017 4:42:23 PM


Ashville Ohio

Seen two cummber bugs last week here in central Ohio. They looked kinda brownish rather then yellow.. Maybe left overers from last year??? We had a vey mild winter.

5/15/2017 7:48:00 PM

Big City Grower (Team Green Gro)


I gave all my plants an insecticide drench at planting time mixed with some organic based liquid ferts to help bring it into the new plant tissue

5/15/2017 11:53:17 PM

big moon

Bethlehem CT

Good advice.

5/17/2017 7:52:14 AM

Peace, Wayne

Owensboro, Ky.

Big City, what product do you drench with? Peace, Wayne

5/17/2017 11:37:07 PM

Peace, Wayne

Owensboro, Ky.

Found clusters of small eggs (svb) I think on 3 or 4 leaves total on all of 5 plants. Sprayed Merit 75wp after scraping egg clusters off of leaves. I am at a loss to remember application rates? I also have Talstar pro. Any recommendations as to mix rate for a 2 gallon pump sprayer would be a God send!!! Peace, Wayne

6/18/2017 1:13:48 AM


Central Illinois

I think Merit 75 is 1/8th tsp per gallon to apply foliar

6/18/2017 9:07:06 AM

Rick j.

stoughton WI

talstar is bifen and i use 1 tsp per gal when foliar

6/18/2017 1:44:07 PM

Peace, Wayne

Owensboro, Ky.

Thanks folks, I used 1/4 tsp of merit w/2 gallons water, and sprayed on tops & bottoms of leaves. Is Merit contact & systemic? In a few days I will use the talstar & foliar spray again. If I just scraped the eggs off & let them drop, are they then dead...or will the eggs reattatch & continue to grow? Thanks for all the suggestions...soonly will come the fungicide questions? Eagle 20? Peace, Wayne

6/18/2017 11:55:52 PM


Central Illinois

I thought Bifen was 2 OZ per gallon

6/19/2017 8:03:45 AM



Bifen I use 1 tsp/ gallon also.

Merit 75 water soluble powder. I use 3 tsp/gallon.

Merit is the best for cuc beetles and Bifen = no squash bugs.

6/19/2017 7:25:47 PM

Peace, Wayne

Owensboro, Ky.

Hank, you sure? I found the application label for the Merit 75WP, & it suggests rates a LOT lower than 3tsp/gal. Another ?, can I mix em together & spray both at the same time? Peace, Wayne

6/19/2017 11:54:33 PM


Central Illinois

Bifen .5 to 1 oz per 1000 sq ft for stink bugs on lawns, from the label

6/20/2017 8:44:24 AM

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