Squash issues continue

Asked August 5, 2020, 9:02 PM EDT

I have been removing squash bugs (I think) and cucumber bugs from my squash plants, but I guess they destroyed some of my squash anyway. The leaves and stems started dying and when I pulled them I found little worms inside the stems. I had a not fully ripe spaghetti squash that I had to remove since it wasn’t going to get fed from the vine anymore. Hoping I can eat it anyway. Any suggestions are appreciated. This was entirely too much work for 2 squash. At least this left the other plants more room so hopefully I can keep them healthy. How do I save the other plants from the same problem. Thanks!

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

Hi - We are sorry to see your squash go down. You are dealing with all of the most common problems of growing summer squash in our area: squash bugs, cucumber beetles, and squash vine borers (the latter being the larvae you found inside the squash stem).

Take a look at our article on Squash Family Pest Problem Tips
https://marylandgrows.umd.edu/2018/04/20/tips-for-growing-cucurbits-a-family-with-some-serious-problems/

On our website, we have strategies for preventing these problems next year.
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/squash-vine-borer-vegetables

https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/cucumber-beetles-spotted-or-striped-vegetables

https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/squash-bug-vegetables

Although it is too late to start new squash plants this season, there is still time to plant other crops for the fall. Here is a link to the planting calendar and tips for fall planting.
https://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/not_updated/GE007_Vegetable_Planting_Calendar_for_Central_MD.pdf

https://marylandgrows.umd.edu/2020/07/03/time-to-think-about-fall-planting/

Christa