How to Get Rid of Squash Bugs in the Garden
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Holes in all my growing spaghetti squash. I picked them all not rip yet. What bug is it? And should I throw them all out?
Thank you for this article. I have many pumpkin and squash plants in my gardens and they're badly infested with these squash bugs. Last year, they destroyed all of my cucumbers, squashes and melons.
Should I just bail out on the rest of this year by harvesting the current produce and destroying the infected plants?
and if so, should I burn the plants or compost them. I always compost everything and during the frozen months of the last winter, one of my compost piles consistently maintained about 90 degrees Fahrenheit through subzero weather. In case they happen to like the warmth, I don't want to take a chance on the squash bugs breeding or overwintering in my composts awaiting my next crop.
Any advice is appreciated.
to answer Jan Jack on May 31, 2021 - 8:00pm - I planted squash and cucumbers in mid to late June and I have squash bugs on the cucumber starts already .... early July ... My entire garden is late this year due to the weird unpredictable weather and the caterpillars have been a bane on the cabbage and kale. I may salvage some cabbage but the kale was a loss. Each year the insect onslaught is worse . I tried covering the plants with row covers over bent frames but the bugs found a way in any way. I've tried planting various flowering plants, and herbals suggested on gardening guides and it does not seem to make any difference. Each year I harvest less due to the crop pests. Also may have to hand pollinate the squash this year as the past two have had a dismal production.
Go to your Farmers market and look for packages of discounted garlic bulbs I got 5 whole garlics in a package for 0.65¢ a package . Score! I bought as much as I could. Took them and cut the pieces in half, scraped some to bring the smell out. I put them, peelings ECT throughout my garden. Organic, cheap bug, rabbit, squirrel , deer deterrent and it works! Just put the garlic in a freezer bag and toss in your freezer then replenish around your garden as needed.
I always hand pollinate my bush squash so I can keep them covered. I keep my vining squash covered until they start making female blossoms. It's a pain but it's the only way I can defeat the squash bugs and get any squash.
I would try improving your overall soil condition; maybe your soil is too alkaline or too acidic which attracts these garden-bugs; (there are Soil ph tests);