Squash bugs....anything we can do?

Asked March 4, 2019, 11:43 AM EST

Hello! We have had entire crops of any kind of squash or cucumber decimated by squash bugs in previous years. It was so bad, that we have stopped planting anything in the squash family, as we want to avoid harsh chemicals, and it seems there's no other reliable way to eliminate them. Do you have any solutions so we could potentially try again this year?

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

To prevent squash bug damage, try planting later in the season, around mid-June. When you set your plants out (or start seeds), protect your plants with a floating row cover from seedling to flower stage. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/floating-row-cover

Additional strategies for monitoring, preventing, and managing squash bugs are listed here on our website. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/squash-bug-vegetables