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In just two weeks, we had hundreds of them snared. Leafhoppers, cucumber beetles, mealybugs – all hopelessly trapped in our garden, thanks to the genius invention that is the yellow sticky trap.

Lots of bugs stuck to the yellow traps. Kind of gross, but well worth it to save the garden!

Lots of bugs stuck to the yellow traps. Kind of gross, but well worth it to save the garden

I don’t know why we didn’t try these earlier; they truly are a godsend for us this summer. So what is this miracle, you ask? It’s basically a thin piece of cardboard covered in a sticky, glue-like substance.

The yellow color attracts insects that are also attracted to the yellow flowers of cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, etc. Although in theory, this could catch bees and other beneficial bugs, we haven’t had that happen yet.

A pack of 15 (ordered from Amazon) was relatively cheap and it’s a non-toxic way to control insects. It’s something that is well worth it, in our opinion, to stop the little destructors that eat and sometimes kill our plants.

Cucumber beetle trapped!

Cucumber beetle trapped!

I do wonder if some of our zucchini plants would have survived if we used these earlier. Many of them were just destroyed by those tiny bug jaws.

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There are few new faces in our garden this year. And they’re not welcome. We’ve seen some familiar ones – squash vine borers, cucumber beetles, squash bugs – but there have been several we’ve never noticed before.

First, the leafhopper. It’s actually a very pretty insect. The ones in our garden are a light, minty green with blue and orange stripes, but they come in all sorts of colors. I saw one earlier in the season hanging out on our squash plants. They’re pretty fast and jump around when disturbed.

As always, I wanted to check out what it was before we destroyed it. Turns out, they’re not good at all. They suck out the juices of the leaf, and the toxic saliva produces a stippling pattern on the leaves. If they’re not controlled, they can cause the leaves to yellow, wilt, dry out and eventually die.

Next, the mealybug. We noticed these on one of the cucumber tendrils, and they look like white fuzz that moves. They’re also not good because they suck out the sap from the plant’s tissue.

The next two I have no idea what they are. Even with some searching I haven’t had much luck. One looks like skinny grasshopper with a small stripe down its back. The other looks like a lightning bug, but fatter and without the stripes on its wings or dot on its head.

We’ll keep monitoring this and see how it progresses. I’m going to mix up a batch of insecticidal soap and spray it on the unwelcome insects.

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