Death by Duct Tape to Save your Homestead!

This time of year our homestead and crops come under attack by hoards of vicious enemies trying to plunder our goods!

Our gardens here and especially our squash plants have been invaded and taken over by a tiny army of Squash Bugs!

Squash-Bug-EggsSquash-Bug-NymphsThese critters lay hundreds of eggs and they in turn hatch into nymphs. What a cute name for such a deadly little creature that eats the leaves and kills off all of our squash.

In preparing for battle this season, my research led me to the ingenious use of our most trusted ally, the Duct Tape! Already organized and in formation, it was easy to call up a few worthy inches and form it into the weapon of choice, a Reverse Loop, with the sticky side outwards.

Using the technique below, we made quick work of capturing the enemy and rescuing our plants.

Check out how to do it below!

~How To Kill Squash Bugs, Squash Bug Eggs, and Nymphs~ | Reformation Acres

Most of us who are growing a garden right now can commiserate with one another over persistent problem of squash bugs (otherwise known as leaf-footed beetles or stink bugs) ravaging our summer squash, pumpkins, cucumbers, and winter squash.

Until now, we’ve been doing one on one battle with the adults. And it’s not an easy battle to win. For the gardener growing organically, rather naturally (not wanting to use even organic pesticides to upset the natural balance of the soil or inadvertently harm the beneficial insect population) this means lots of picking and squishing or drowning of the adults.


But the tables are about to turn and our problem is about to grow exponentially because it’s hatching season.

The few wily ones that have outwitted us have been laying their beautiful, jewel-like, golden or ruby eggs on the underside of the host plants leaves and they are getting ready to hatch. In fact, where yesterday there were none, today I found several batches had hatched.


{Eggs & Nymphs}

Last year, I picked the eggs off with fingernails, getting the eggs stuck under there and often tearing the leaves in the process. My plan for this year was to be on the look out for the soft-bodied nymphs and squish them as they hatched.

But this morning while chopping potatoes for frying to serve with some scrambled eggs, I finished up listening to a Farm Dreams podcast I had started and Liz mentioned that her method of organic control is managing the eggs with a roll of duct tape.

I dropped my oily spoon and ran for the barn, grabbed the duct tape, and headed to the garden where I experienced for myself the genius of this idea.


I’ve saved my plants this morning from literally hundreds of these little monsters and myself from hours of picking! It was truly shocking- and the ones on the pumpkins in with the corn… I would never have found all of those nymphs. Not in a million years. I feel like I may have stopped this cycle dead in its tracks with less than an hour’s work.

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