Pumpkin/Squash beetles

Asked August 17, 2015, 5:23 PM EDT

I have both the squash borer and these tiny black beetles eating inside the stems of my pumpkins and squash. It appears the tiny black beetles are eating the "leftovers" of the borer as it goes through. I noticed wilting on a couple plants before we left on a 11-day vacation. However, now about 50% of the pumpkins and squash seem to be infested. My gourd plants seem to be more resistant or less desirable. Anything I can do this year to stop the spread to the other plants? What should I do next year to help with all this?

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

If you have vine borers in the vines there isn't much you can do. Here is a link to info about them so that you can deal with it next year. http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/insects/find/squash-vine-borers/