Squash bugs

Asked April 7, 2017, 9:40 AM EDT

Last year I lost ALL of my zucchini to squash bugs. Can you advise how I can PREVENT them right from the start? I started my plants inside and will be ready to plant soon. Would Neem oil spray work if I spray right from the beginning? I am open to any ideas....does not have to be organic

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

Please see our Profile on Squash bugs and look at the prevention/control methods.
Cover the plants with floating row cover as soon as you plant. However, it must be removed once they start to flower, at least a portion of the day preferably morning as it requires cross pollination to produce fruits.
Neem oil is effective when sprayed directly on nymphs. See more http://extension.umd.edu/growit/insects/squash-bug
Zucchini is a warm season crop and will not really take off until temperatures warm. Soil and air temperatues should exceed 60 degrees. Wait to plant after the last frost usually around Mothers Day or later. http://extension.umd.edu/growit/vegetable-profiles-summer-squash