Wednesday, September 23, 2009


That's right. I decided to QUIT GIVING UP on my war against the squash bugs. I went out this morning armed with my weapons of warfare.

Gloves for squishing

Scissors for cutting away the dead/shriveled stuff - and chopping any squash bugs if I saw them

& my secret weapon....

For sucking those little buggers right off the leaves! It was satisfying watching them swirl around in the hurricane inside since the bottom is see through. Then I dumped them out into a bucket of soapy water.

I found some surprise squash hiding behind all of the out of control vines and ground cover. Yep, I finally pulled that stuff out and now I can walk behind those beds again. Here's the one that I didn't even know existed....

Here's the original first bloom that is still hanging on

Then, while I was busy vacuuming bugs I saw some movement in the other squash box. There was a little bird perched on the stalk/vine of one of the squash leaves. I thought to myself...I hope it eats some squash bugs! Well he hopped up the vine and started tilting his head this way and that, then he attacked and I saw a green worm go down that beak!! That bird is my new best friend!! LOL. He hopped from leaf to leaf, but I couldn't see what else he was catching. I ran in and grabbed the camera for a pic. Had to be quick, but I caught him :)

Oh, and the purple beans are coming in!!


  1. Good for you, crystabel. The ol' dustbuster works pretty good, I bet. I can hear those bugs now, "Dang, this sucks!" ha.

  2. That is great! I need a hand vac for next year! My squash are all done for...the bugs have done them in so it is too late this year!

  3. HA! There is a kid's "bug catcher" out there that is a really weak version of a dust buster, but why waste the money??? I just give the boys mine to use. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a clear view of contents. I bet that was a real satisfying site! ;-)

  4. Woohoo!!! Maybe the word will get out to the SB in my area that there's a new sheriff in town.