Organic Pest Control Pest control Tidbits

Organic Pest Control – Harlequin Bug, Stink Bug, Leaffooted Bug, Squash Bug – Tidbits

As I’ve mentioned in several posts, in the garden it ain’t over till it’s over.  And no one knows that better than nature’s creatures.

Once the squash vines are finished, the squash bugs still hang out with the dead vines.  It’s the perfect opportunity to kill more of them so they won’t winter over.

Not many leaffooted bugs this year, but I tried to kill the few I saw. As fall approached, they tended to show up on the asparagus ferns as do the harlequin and stink bugs.

The harlequin bugs love to line up on the stems; sometimes as many as 8 or more – like turtles on a log in the water.

Harlequin bugs on asparagus ferns in September.

Harlequin bugs on asparagus ferns in September.

I still see the occasional stink bug on a tomato, but like the harlequin bugs they really like the asparagus ferns.

Stink bug on tomato in September.

Stink bug on tomato in September.

I don’t know that these bugs do any damage to the asparagus, but knowing they’re gonna be there everyday helps me get the numbers down before winter sets in.

As you look over your garden each day, be on the look out for pests even though their preferred crops may no longer be in the garden.

Important Final Thought

Having the same persistence as nature’s creatures is a habit that will serve you well in tending your garden.


Related Posts:

Leaffooted Bug – Egg – Id – Stink Bugs

Squash Bugs End of the Season Strategy

Squash Bugs – It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

Organic Pest Control – Two Stories


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  • I did not know those were Harlequin bugs! I saw 2 in my garden a while back. I meant to look them up but I got side tracked. Thanks so much for bringing back on track

  • Thank you for the information on the squash bugs. Liz is great on getting them.

    We have seen quite a few on our windows and Liz is getting them.

    Thank you again


  • Theresa,

    I guess one should be always planning and preparing. My wife is a self made home designer. She is always wondering what needs placed and added or subtracted all the time. I should be so pro active in the garden. I am taking notes on my diligence. I will let you know if it helps.

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