Squash bugs can be a substantial insect in the vegetable garden, and they can wreak havoc on our squash crops! However don’t fret, squash bugs are easy to kill utilizing organic insect control techniques. In this post, I will show you exactly how to control squash bugs without using nasty chemical pesticides.
How To Manage Squash Bugs Organically
Squash is one of the greatest maintenance veggies that I grow in my garden. I like squash, so I constantly fight the good fight against any bad bugs that try to steal my tasty harvests (do not mess with me bugs!).
Squash bugs are a really common bug that enjoy to feed upon squash plants. They are sneaky, and can be challenging to control … however they are simple to eliminate utilizing natural pest control approaches.
WHAT ARE SQUASH BUGS?
Not to be puzzled with the squash borer bug, the squash bug (also referred to as the horned squash bug) is a typical pest that can pester all types of squash and pumpkin plants.
Squash bugs, both adults and nymphs, will feed on squash leaves, the vines, and even the squash itself. They multiply quickly, and a big invasion of squash bugs can trigger significant damage to squash plants if left neglected.
Plus squash bugs are gross, and who wants to see numerous them crawling all over their squash?
SIGNS OF A SQUASH BUG PROBLEM.
Squash bugs begin to appear in mid to late summer. Keep an eye out for yellow and brown leaves that are snuggling.
If you find a yellow or brown leaf on your squash plant, look carefully at the leaf, both leading and bottom, and see if you can discover any squash bugs crawling around.
HOW TO CONTROL SQUASH BUGS ORGANICALLY.
The key to squash bug control is perseverance. If you remain on top of the problem, then squash bugs will not cause much damage in your garden (believe me, it sounds harder than it is).
Once you discover squash bugs in your garden, immediately arm yourself with two things:.
A pail of soapy water. (I utilize Dr. Bronner’s Child Mild organic liquid soap in my container).
A spray bottle filled with soapy water. In the spray bottle, I blend about one teaspoon of Dr. Bronner’s Infant Mild natural liquid soap with one liter of water. It rapidly eliminates squash bugs and nymphs on contact. If you do not want to blend your own, you can purchase an organic insecticidal soap spray instead.
Be cautioned: Squash bugs move quickly, like really quick! And they are evasive little buggers. You need to fast with the spray bottle and container.
I find that it’s easiest to spray the squash bugs with the soapy water first, and that will slow them down (if it does not eliminate them right now).
Then I choose them off and drop them into my bucket of soapy water (yes, I use gardening gloves for this horrible job).
Sounds hard, however it’s actually pretty simple once you get the hang of it.
As soon as I’m pleased that I have more squash bugs in my bucket than the ones left in the garden, I take a little time to hunt for eggs.
Squash bug eggs are quite simple to spot, you just need to look under the leaves. As I find squash bug egg clusters on my squash plants, I thoroughly scrape them off and drop those into my container of soapy water too.
MORE TIPS FOR CONTROLLING SQUASH BUGS.
Usage organic neem oil or an organic horticultural oil to help drive away squash bugs, and keep them from laying their eggs on your squash plants.
Start looking for squash bug eggs early in the summer. Damaging the eggs as quickly as you find them will assist prevent squash bugs from infesting your plants in the first location.
Diatomaceous earth is a fantastic natural insect control that can also eliminate squash bugs.
Squash bugs are among those bugs that you need to fight regularly in order to win the battle. Heck, you might even eliminate them totally if your garden is separated from other gardens where squash is grown.
I haven’t seen squash bugs in my house garden in almost 10 years (knock on wood)! As for the community garden … well that’s a different story. I’ll be fighting squash bugs at the neighborhood garden as long as I grow squash there– that’s just the nature of neighborhood gardening.