Monday, June 8, 2009

The problem with pests

Ants swarming. Coffee grounds did not deter. Silicone Dioxide (Safer Ant & Crawling Insect Killer) did not diminish them. Pyretherins (Epsoma Earth Tone Insect Control) only stopped them in their tracks. This took daily applications. Colony still present. Considering spinosad products.

In other pests, cucumber/squash beetles are a persistent problem. Last year, the infestation was so bad, we just took the crop out. This year, we only lost one isolated plant to the bugs but it took early intervention to save the rest.