Fruit and Vegetables

Mole cricket

Question: when is the insecticide bait used?

Good morning. I apologize for the inconvenience and I hope you will give me a couple of quick information. I planted melons, watermelons and cucumbers for the first time, forgetting to bury the dust against the insects on the ground. Are the vegetables I planted attacked by insects (larvae, mole cricket, etc.) that eat the roots? Then, should melons and watermelons be cut after the third leaf? Thank you so much

Mole Cricket: Answer: the terrestrial insects

Dear Gianpaolo,
for obvious reasons the products against the insects present in the soil are added while preparing the plot, when it is still working; this is because in this way the bait sinks below the plants, and is thus more effective. If you haven't used it, you can try placing bait around the plot, or even near plants, hoping that its power to attract insects will work. It is not obligatory to use these insecticides, in the sense that they are not insects that surely live in your garden, and that therefore they are already ready to attack the plants of your garden. Generally an insecticide is used against the insects of the soil in a preventive way, so as to be sure that these insects do not feed on the roots of young plants. If you have not done so, it is not said that insects will arrive for sure; your plants could also develop undisturbed. As far as melons and watermelons are concerned, in fact they are produced by climbing or ground cover plants, which tend to develop a lot; as soon as you see the fifth or sixth leaf, top the apex of the stem, so that the plant produces numerous lateral branches, and so that it concentrates its efforts on flowering and fruit ripening, rather than the production of new leaves.