Cloud and David - welcome, and thanks for following the blog!
Two of the most destructive pests to cucurbits in my garden are the Melon Worm, and also Pickle Worm. Although the pickle worm hasn't been spotted yet, the melon worm showed up in a big way, by ruining one of my developing butternut squash. The goo hanging from the fruit clearly shows that the damage is severe. I guess the fruit itself can be sprayed with an aggressive pesticide to keep this from happening, but it just hadn't entered my mind - until now, that is. I chalk this one up to "live and learn."
Photo below - these are the entrance holes, and the melon worm was found in the one on the left. For reference, a melon worm will be green, and pickle worm kinda clear with little black dots down its body. Both can literally ruin a fruit overnight.
Photo below - while out there taking pictures, I spotted a striped cucumber beetle on some of the cucumber foliage. These things are all over the place right now, and i've been squishing the life out of them when noticed. As soon as it quits raining, i'll take care of these little dudes for good....
....and also a spotted cucumber beetle. Although quite beautiful, both varieties spread disease like the plague. Watch out, Jude! There's a giant cucumber beetle about to jump on your head!!! Just kidding...hehe..
Although a few quality fruit are being harvested from the cucumber plantings, i've decided to go ahead and use an aggressive pesticide on them - then pull the vines in the 34 gallon swc. Doing so will reduce the number of pests that overwinter in the ground, as I wouldn't want them to be this big of a problem next year. To help my bee friends out, all blooms will be pulled before the rather potent mixture of pesticide is sprayed. My choice of pesticide? Spectracide - with Triazycide. Oh...it works much better than Sevin - in my opinion. I mix it double-strength, and there's undeniable carnage littered throughout the garden the next day.....Yep!
However, daily showers are keeping me from spraying for the beetles, and also BT on the tomatoes too. I'm sure there are lots of caterpillars on the tomato plants right now, but don't want to spray everything for nothing. I hate it when it's like this. I'm sure blossom end rot will be abundant in upcoming weeks, too. Sigh. There's been a shower every night for almost a week. However, the rainbarrels are finally full again....
Take care, and happy gardening!