I saw an adult vine bore moth on my squash and zucchini are there any organic...

Asked June 17, 2014, 5:12 PM EDT

I saw an adult vine bore moth on my squash and zucchini are there any organic treatments to kill these pests. Thanks,

Dodge County Nebraska

1 Response

There are a few organic chemical controls, such as neem. Take a look at the publication below for more information.
You can also try to prevent them from egg-laying on your plants. The main stem is the preferred egg-laying site, so wrap the main stems with old nylon stockings. Some people have even wrapped them with foil. Or slit open paper towel or toilet paper rolls and place them around the stems. This will make it very difficult for the adult moth to get to the stem.

Biology and Management of Squash Vine Borer in Organic Farming Systems, http://www.extension.org/pages/65684/biology-and-management-of-squash-vine-borer-in-organic-farming-...