We’ve had a catastrophic problem with Stink Bugs the last two years. They’ve killed all our squash & pumpkins. We thought they were squash bugs & our extension office (Northern Virginia) recommended some organic solutions, then ADMIRE, & then SEVIN – ALL HAVE FAILED. Come to find out after seeing an article in the paper, it was STINK BUGS.
After reading your web article on stink bugs, I plan to try permethrin. However, one question that we still have:
***CAN WE PRE-TREAT THE GARDEN SOIL & SURROUNDING AREAS NOW (March/April) before planting. Can we use the pymethrin or do you recommend something else???***
Please advise…I also left a voice mail on the same topic.
Stinkbugs can be a damaging pests to many plants including a wide range of vegetables. Since they both attracted to and invasive to the plant directly, there is limited benefit from treating the soil. At this time I would recommend setting out some ECO GRANULES after the soil has been turned and prepared. Apply them every month during the growing season. Organic and safe to use in such areas, they might keep the plants free of any pest but if they do arrive, treat with the VEGETABLES PLUS PERMETHRIN as soon as you note any activity. Be sure to use a good PUMP SPRAYER and add some SPREADER STICKER to the tank mix. This insures good coverage so the stinkbugs aren’t able to avoid the spray.