Insect problems forum: Squash Bugs

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ImageJune_NMexico
Feb 23, 2010 2:46 PM CST
Name: June_NMexico
New Mexico
A major problem in New Mexico last summer. I lost all my
yellow crook neck squash plants.
Imageceejaytown
Feb 27, 2010 1:35 PM CST
Name: CJ
The Woodlands, Texas
Zone 9A
June, this has such good information that I will just supply the link: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/veg/leaf/squash_bug.htm

If you decide to use the pesticide Sevin, which is a recommendation, use the liquid form, late in the day. This is to avoid destroying pollinators, in particular honeybees. The dust can cause damage from the sun on the leaves, and the residual can be picked up by a honeybee and taken back to the hive, where it is rubbed off on other bees, resulting in a lot of deaths.

One very good method of control in small gardens, is to check the leaves often, especially under the leaves, for the eggs and nymphs. You can stop a lot of problems by wiping those out, before they become adults. Adults are very hard to control, because they fly.

I hope this will give you some help when you try again.
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ImageJune_NMexico
Feb 27, 2010 4:18 PM CST
Name: June_NMexico
New Mexico
Thanks, Ceejay. I thought it was just local to my neighborhood
until others clear on the other side of the city reported invasions of
squash bugs. I garden organically and am reluctant to use pesticides.
I was never able to spot eggs and nymphs, just the adults.



Imageceejaytown
Feb 28, 2010 2:27 PM CST
Name: CJ
The Woodlands, Texas
Zone 9A
Look under the leaves for the eggs. And the adults have to start out as nymphs, so maybe you'll need to spend a little more time out there.

These critters are very hard to control by organic means. That leaves physical removal.

Here's what to look for. These eggs are on top of the leaf; they are usually underneath the leaf, where two veins come together to form a V.

http://ipm.illinois.edu/ifvn/volume13/images/squash_bugs.jpg
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