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I couldn't find any Tanglefoot at Wally World or Lowe's. Before I go ordering it I've got to ask if there is some home-brew recipe that you guys have for making it yourself. I had a bit of trouble last year with spotted and striped cuke/squash beetles, and read that a yellow or white card covered with Tanglefoot was a good way to control them.
 
Where did you read about using white or yellow sticky traps for squash bugs, This is the first I've seen anything about that and would be interested in reading about it.
Everything I have says to use floating row covers, wrap the stems in aluminum foil, provide cover for a variety of insects that like to munch on both the larva and adults. Check at Our Garden Pests http://www.ourgardenpests.com/ for more on control of these buggers.
 
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Big Grin In OG magazine. I read that they were attracted to the color white and yellow, especially the bright yellow of cuke and squash blossoms. A colored trap covered in Tanglefoot would take a nice bite out of the population.
 
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Any idea which issue, since I've gotten OG since the 1960's and don't recall seeing that.
 
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I can't remember which issue talked about color attractent, but the sticky trap one was...wait....the May/June 1997 issue. It has the article: "Field Guide, 25 Garden pest and how to beat them." It was this issue that really got me interested in OG. I valued the growing tips, but thought that organic pest control was crazy. Then I read this issue and thought, "Dang, you really can beat the little buggers without poison!" Luckly, up until then I was a container gardner, working with flowers mostly, and hadn't really needed major pest control.
 
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I use something called "Sticky Stix" for my indoor plants, which is exactly that: yellow paper pasted on one side with something like Tanglefoot, folded onna stick. It's a UK product, and with the demise of White Rose in Canada, I can't find it anywhere. I need it with the vinegar flies emerging from the worm bin periodically. It keeps the kitchen livable. I tried using them out of doors for cuke beetles and such, but they must be too smart. Quite a few of them went missing. I found them somewhere else in the garden, covered with dirt, so either they got stuck to a child, a cat, or some other "visitor". Here's the URL for my Sticky Stix:

http://www.pestfree.co.uk/stickstix.htm

I've never seen Tanglefoot in my area, either -- I wouldn't mind using construction paper or buying yellow cardstock and making my own sticky traps, especially when a couple of vinegar flies die in the butter dish... :|

I heard of Tanglefoot in the 90s issues of OG, but I haven't seen much info on it since. Here are the home and product urls for Tanglefoot:

http://www.tanglefoot.com
http://www.tanglefoot.com/products/index.htm

This is not to be confused with the UK music band "Tanglefoot". Smiler

Here's a US shopping site for "Bug Stix". While no image was provided, it sounds exactly like Sticky Stix:

http://www.gtghydroponics.com/store/xq/asp/idItem.479/qx/itemdescription.htm

Hope you find what you're looking for!
 
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I bought a gallon of tanglefoot about 11 yearsd ago at GardensAlive. It was on sale for something like $25. Still have 2/3 of the can and it shows no sign of going bad.

I have tried homemade sticky stuff and nothing beats whatever is in Tanglefoot™.

Another thing to do for cuke beetles is vaccum them up. We use either a little hand vac with a battery or the vaccum on the chipper shredder. Both work well to suck up the cuke beetles. You do have to have a buck of SOAPY water to drop the buggers into. They will escape from non soapy water BTW.

have never had much luck with row covers excluding them.
 
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I will have to dig into the archives to see if I still have that issue. Nowhere else have I seen that about yellow or white traps, I have seen tuff about putting a board or shingle on the ground next to the plant and picking off any you find in the morning, but nothing about sticky traps for these guys.
 
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Numerous hardware stores carry tanglefoot... sometimes it comes in a plastic tube, sometimes in a tin.... look in the garden section of your local hardware stores...

it seems to me that the incredibly gooey, sticky quality of the stuff would deter many insects that crawl....

rubbing a bit of it on the trunks of fruit trees and stems of vegies should deter many of the insects that crawl up the stems...

and putting a thick coating on pieces of wood and laying those under plants should stop more...or at least coat the legs and make life miserable for larger bugs...
 
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I was thinking of using tanglefoot but will my lady bugs be smart enough to stay away from it?
 
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Locke, in another Post here in Over the fence, I added a link that discuss's this issue,
http://forums.organicgardening.com/thread.jspa?threadID=19785&tstart=0
 
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