Squash bugs

wolfy528(7)January 16, 2012

I had a terrible time last summer with squash bugs. If i do not plant squash this year will the bugs leave?

Has anyone tried planting squash in July?

Last year the squash bugs went from squash to the rest of my garden. I love squash but better to not plant it and still keep my cucumber, tomato and so on.

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wayne_5 zone 6a Central Indiana

I'm a little surprised to hear that the bugs moved to other things in your garden. When I used to have them, they stayed with the squash for the season....provided there are still squash plants and fruits.

What I did successfully for a couple years was to determinedly mash [by foot] every single one of them in the early fall. It wasn't as hard as it sounds as they massed on the remaining green leaves and fruits.

Yes a few may may come back, but it isn't hard to kill 3 or 4 a season then, and if done faithfully, you may not have man y of them...I don't.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2012 at 12:59PM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

Squash bugs are known to feed on other plants besides squash family members, although more often it is Stink Bugs people see on things like tomatoes.
One strategy for control is later planting, if your growing season is long enough to do that. Placing Floating Row Covers is another. Knowing as much as possible about them helps also.

Here is a link that might be useful: About Squash Bugs

    Bookmark   January 17, 2012 at 6:42AM
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jolj(7b/8a)

I think it is on the Veg. Forum, someone said to plant Buckwheat to draw in a fly that will kill SB.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2012 at 12:35AM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

A recent episode of Growing a Greener World was about insect pest management. As with much else about organic gardening/farming there is much more to it then just a simple growing this or that plant to attract certain predators. Take some time to watch the program linked below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Growing a Greener World 223

    Bookmark   January 22, 2012 at 7:00AM
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LeroysMom

Floating row covers work great, but squash will have to be hand-pollinated. This is very easy to do with a little paint brush.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2012 at 12:42PM
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rockguy(7a)

I spray with neem before I see any SB. Spray any egg clusters you find too. Got to get them early as usually only a few survive the winter but do the population explosion thing in a short time. Once they're everywhere it's harder to knock them down in numbers.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2012 at 8:36AM
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wolfy528(7)

follow up
I had not one squash bug this year. This year I did not use the newspaper to mulch my garden Instead I used chopped leaves and not one squash bug showed up. Not sure the mulch had anything to do with it but it is the only thing I did different.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2012 at 4:38PM
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