Killing squash bugs - organic and hot :-)
Today I discovered a unique way to get rid of the squash bugs - no chemicals needed. No, I am not talking about flicking them into a pail of water. I purchased a long "grill" propane lighter at the $1 store. It puts out a flame that can be adjusted 1-inch to about 2-inches in length. I decided to test it on a few clumps of the squash bug eggs currently on my dying squash vines. It works great! The flame puts a hole about the size of a nickel in the squash leaf but the leaf does not burn. The squash bug eggs????? Vaporized!!! I will be using this method in 2011. I grow on tall trellis so it is relatively easy to see the clumps of eggs. I do recommend keeping a large squirt bottle with water -- keep it close to your plants - just in case.