Possible squash stem borer control

Asked May 13, 2016, 12:11 PM EDT

In the May 2016 issue of Scientific American, pp. 66-69 (see top of page 69), reference is made to a method for controlling maize stem borers in Africa by planting certain perennials within maize fields and at the perimeter of the field, a so-called "push-pull" system, where one perennial repels the borer adults from the maize, and the other attracts it to the periphery of the field. Could this strategy be adapted to the control of the squash vine borer in Maryland?

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

The idea of using trap crops, or things to deter insects is not new. There is no research that says this will work as the borer overwinters often on the garden site in leaf litter from last years plants. This one is difficult to control.