Zucchini squash bugs

Asked August 10, 2020, 9:37 PM EDT

Hello
I am so so sorry to report my squash plants have died due to what I think are vine boarers . Please look at the attached pictures and let me know your thoughts....This is my 1st time planting zucchini, I hope is beginners bad luck :(
My questions:
-What should I do with the soil where the damaged zucchinis were? I had 2 in ground and 2 in large containers. All 4 were nice and hopefully proper mixture of Leafgrow compost, coir, peat, fertilizer, azomite and other goodies ( I learn a lot from the MDHGIC videos). The in-ground was much more compost than the potted ones.
- Can these vine boarers ( assuming that is what this is...) damage other plants? I have tomatoes ( doing very well), eggplants ( look good ,low production), peppers( doing pretty well), lots of herbs. I don't see obvious problems with other plants at this time.
- Fiinally, how can I do better next time? Hard to hear "how easy and productive squash plants are" given my failure :((
Thanks so very much for your always great feedback!

Montgomery County Maryland

2 Responses

This does appear to be squash vine borer.
It is frustrating and disappointing we know, but you didn't fail. It happens to all of us at some point, but there are some things that you can try to avoid the problem next year. Here is our page on them and ways to try and avoid or even rescue the whole vine if you take action immediately: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/squash-vine-borer-vegetables

They are not going to damage other plants and you don't have to do anything to your soil.
We highly recommend bookmarking our crops page, which has links to specific veggies, how to best grow them and what their common problems are:
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/crops
Don't give up, just keep going. It is so rewarding, but like anything worth doing, there are some challenges.
Good luck.


Christine




This does appear to be squash vine borer.
It is frustrating and disappointing we know, but you didn't fail. It happens to all of us at some point, but there are some things that you can try to avoid the problem next year. Here is our page on them and ways to try and avoid or even rescue the whole vine if you take action immediately: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/squash-vine-borer-vegetables

They are not going to damage other plants and you don't have to do anything to your soil.
We highly recommend bookmarking our crops page, which has links to specific veggies, how to best grow them and what their common problems are:
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/crops
Don't give up, just keep going. It is so rewarding, but like anything worth doing, there are some challenges.
Good luck.


Christine