Squash bugs can be the bane of a gardener’s existence! Here are tips on how to identify, control, and get rid of squash bugs in your garden.
What Are Squash Bugs?
Squash bugs are very difficult to manage once their numbers get out of control and can cause a lot of havoc.
They are most commonly found on squash plants (hence the name) such as zucchini, winter squash, and pumpkins, but they may also affect other crops in the cucurbit family (like cucumbers, cantaloupe, and watermelon). Other pests that are commonly found on squash include squash vine borers and aphids.
Generally, they attack young tender plants and seedlings, causing them to wilt and die. However, they cause little damage to plants in late summer and fall.
Note: Squash bugs are often mistaken for stink bugs, as they are similar in appearance and both have a foul odor when squashed. However, stink bugs are wider and rounder than squash bugs.