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Ideas for battling squash vine borers?

Posted by raisingmen NW FL Zone 8 (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 22, 12 at 9:00

Just wondering if anyone has found good ideas for battling the squash vine borers. I just planted my yellow squash and zucchini for this year, and last year the SVB decimated it all. (link below) I’m still feeling the sting (last year was my first try at gardening) and would really like to avoid the same thing. I have planted a whole month earlier than I did last year due to the warm weather. Maybe that will help?
I am an organic gardener, but I would consider a pesticide used only on the stem at the time the SVB moths are out. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

So, anyone?

Here is a link that might be useful: A Peaceful Dwelling: Scourge of the Squash Vine Borer: R.I.P Yellow and Zucchini Squash

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RE: Ideas for battling squash vine borers?

Well, first of all you need to know that SVBs pupate in the soil. If you planted your squash in the same spot as last year, it may be worse than last year....Sorry.

Last year, I planted all my summer squash under row covers and left the row covers on until the plants began to bloom. I had a fairly nice harvest before the moths found them, laid eggs, and the eggs hatched. But still, I lost the plants eventually.

This year, I am planting only cucurbita moschatas varieties, since the borers don't bother them.

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