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Squash borers are among the greatest pests that pester vegetable gardens, and they are most likely the # 1 killer of squash plants. If you’re tired of squash borers killing your crops, you’re in the best place! In this post, I will show you precisely how to eliminate squash borers naturally, without using toxic pesticides!

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How To Get Rid Of Squash Borer Organically

If you wish to eliminate the squash borer, and keep them from ruining your squash harvest this summertime, I have some fantastic, natural bug control choices for you to try. However initially, let’s discuss the bug we’re handling.


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The squash vine borer is the larvae of the squash borer bug (a kind of moth which, I dislike to confess, is really kinda pretty in it’s adult form).

Squash borer moths lay their eggs on squash plants, and leave them there to hatch into pesty squash borers. When the eggs hatch, the tiny squash borers burrow into the vines and feast on the plant from the within out.

If a squash borer problem is left untreated, the whole plant will eventually collapse and pass away. A droopy squash plant is typically the very first indication that the squash borer might be munching away inside your squash vines.

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If you have a droopy squash plant in your garden, come down on your hands and knees and take a more detailed take a look at the vine. Start at the base of the vine and examine everything the method up the plant. If you see any of these signs …

Holes in the vine.
Mushy stuff that looks like sawdust anywhere on the squash vine.
The vine itself is mushy.
… then there’s probably a squash borer inside your squash vine.

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Don’t worry, just because there are squash borers inside your squash plant does not imply your plant has to pass away!

It’s quite easy to eliminate squash borers organically by using a simple and safe bug control method I like to call– digging those nasty suckers out of the vine. Ha!


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To remove the squash borers, carefully slice open the vine the long way and pry it open. Make the cut simply above the spot where you see the hole or sawdust mush.

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Once you pry open the vine, you may see the unsightly squash borer immediately, or you might require to browse around for it.

You can’t error the borer when you see it, squash borers are white worms with black heads. Gross right?

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When you see the squash borer inside the squash vine, pluck it out with a needle and after that either squash it (pun planned!) or drop it into a bucket of soapy water to kill it.

I utilize Dr. Bronner’s baby-mild natural soap to make my soapy water mix. It works quickly to kill squash borers, and it’s likewise a non-toxic, safe bug control option. Simply a number of squirts of soap in your bucket of water should suffice.

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Even if you remove a borer from the vine, it may not be the only one in there.

Sometimes there is just one, but sometimes you’ll discover numerous squash borers in one squash vine.

That’s why it is very important to examine the whole length of the squash vine for signs of the squash borer.

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Squash borers can be various sizes, and the smaller sized ones (which can be so little they’re hardly noticeable) are a bit more difficult to find than the huge fat ones.

In some cases it’s easier to squish the squash borers inside the squash vine than it is to eliminate them.

Don’t fret, squash borer guts will not damage your squash plant.


You can also utilize non-toxic pesticides to help control the adult squash borer moth. A few of my preferred natural insect control options, are diatomaceous earth and neem oil, both work fantastic to control bugs in the garden.

Putting row covers over the top of young plants assists to keep the squash borer moth from laying her eggs in the very first location. You can purchase row covers that are made specifically for the garden, or you can make you’re own out of economical tulle material.

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When you have eliminated the borers from the vine, bury the injured part of the squash vine in dirt. Squash vines will grow new roots under the dirt, and the plant will grow even more powerful since of it.

Likewise keep in mind that in some cases you’ll see indications that a squash borer is in the vine, but you can’t discover anything in there after you cut the squash vine open.

Do not be prevented, perhaps the squash borer currently left the vine, or it was so small you crushed it without seeing it. Just cover the hurt part of the squash vine and carry on.

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I’ve been combating the squash borers in my garden for numerous years utilizing these 100% natural insect control techniques.

Since I began getting rid of squash borers naturally by digging them out of the vines, I have not lost a single squash plant. It takes some work, but it’s absolutely worth it to have an amazing squash harvest.