Question: How can I get rid of the squash bugs in my garden?
Answer: Try keeping a hand-sprayer filled with insecticidal soap handy. Check the plants daily and spray adults at the first appearance of any bugs. Continue checking throughout the growing season and spray both the adults and nymphs. Unfortunately, the spray will not kill the eggs, so you may have to resort to “squashing” them between two hard surfaces. You may also want to avoid deep, cool mulches like straw or hay that provide an environment that these bugs seem to love. In the fall, be sure to burn or compost old squash vines to rid your garden of any possible shelters for breeding and over-wintering.