Squash bugs

Asked September 11, 2015, 10:15 AM EDT

Hi, For the second year in a row, our zucchini and yellow squash plants have been ravaged by squash bugs. We went out every day and removed eggs and any insects we found but lost the war. I have tried Sevin, but that doesn't seem to work. I have been told to plant onions along the plants so we will try that next season. We tried planting butternut and acorn squash but they were doomed. Any ideas on how to control them? Thanks. John Weaver

Charles County Maryland pest control squash bugs

1 Response

You have discovered a very important fact about squash bugs. They hide in the mulch and garden debris and will overwinter there, as well. You will note that a board can be placed on the ground as a trap. Simply lift the board each morning and kill the squash bugs found there. The following page will offer you some other helpful suggestions:
http://extension.umd.edu/growit/insects/squash-bug
LS