Squash Bugs . . . Yikes

I don’t know when I’ve seen so many squash bugs in a garden then what we are experiencing at the Moreau Community Garden.

Last Thursday I pulled between 20 and 30 out of one plot. And I didn’t get them all because there were some that saw me coming and flew off.

This is bad news for the zucchini, squash, pumpkins, cucumbers and some melons as squash bugs carry bacterial diseases that will kill these plants. Please check your plot carefully. They tend to congregate near the base of the plant and the underside of leaves.

How to Control

I use a yellow pail filled with soapy water and knocked the squash bugs into the liquid to drown. Then I hand-pick the copper-colored eggs from the leaves and finally I spray with neem oil, which is in the shed.

You can’t just use neem oil. It has to be a three-prong attack.

Please stay on top of this. Otherwise there will be yellowing and eventually wilting of the entire plant as these bugs carry bacterial diseases that are deadly to the plants they infest.

If you have questions, leave a comment below.

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