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How to Get Rid of Squash Bugs


About squash bugs

Squash bugs are insects that are found mostly all over North America.  It is a brown hard shelled bug that fits the name given to it. The squash bug likes to stay in groups on the squash, pumpkins and cucumbers and its vines to suck on the sap of the plantation. While it uses its deadly mouth pieces to feed on the fruit, it secretes some kind of toxic secretion that causes the plantation to start wilting with yellow drops and eventually turn black. It shelters under debris of the leaves and lays eggs in sub-groups on the backside of the leaves.


  1. Preventing and controlling

When the squash or seedlings of zucchini and pumpkins are quite young the bugs have little eggs and nymphs moving around the vines. It is much easier to kill the eggs and nymphs rather than the critters that will wilt away the entire squash. Pick out each and every nymph and eggs in the morning and kill it by throwing it in a bucket of beetles or soapy water or just simply use insecticide on them. When the lifecycle will be stopped before it can grow into an adult squash bug, there will be less critters damaging the vegetation or squash.

  1. Shielding the squash

Cover the cucumbers, pumpkins squash and zucchini with row covers and polyester shields. These will prevent the squash bugs from scorching tits toxic teeth into the fruit. Build a green house covering, sort of like a tent using woven fabric. It will be good for the growth and it will guard the pumpkins from squash bugs.

  1. Transplanting the squash

All squash like water melon, in its early stage when the seeds are sprouting are in most danger from the squash bugs. Start growing the squash in cells inside and gradually it has grown carefully places them in the soil. The grown water melons will be able to handle the bugs more than the sprouts of water melon or other squash. This way you will get to have your water melon and eat it too.

  1. Growing the squash vertically

Use climb supports to guide its way to move in the upward direction. The squash will be safe from bugs. The squash bugs prefer shaded, moist places and live in shelter; it will not climb up to take a bite from the squash. It prevents other insects and birds from feeding on it too. This method is called trellising.

  1. Rotating the crops

Leave the wilted plants in front. Plants unrelated vegetation in the front row which was previously not planted and the prior could be in between or at the back. Changing the arrangement can confuse the pest and bugs from attacking and damaging the vegetation.

  1. Squashed between the boards

At night place 2 planks of board or shingles at night time. Both the adult bugs and nymphs will be crushed between the boards. The bugs and nymphs can then be thrown away. You probably may not see any more critters coming toward the board or the squash.

  1. Applying insecticides

There are various forms of chemicals available to keep the squash from harm’s way. These are as follows:

CARBARYL/SEVIN: Use them before the eggs are hatching. These are a residual and contact insecticide, which means it will kill the bug on application but it also has long lasting effects that continue to eradicate the nymphs, eggs and the bugs. You can keep a follow up and squash the ones that are left.

INSECTICIDAL SOAPS:  Apply the soap on all areas that the bugs like to crawl over. The chemical will disintegrate its outer shell and harm it from inside. Thus, eliminates the squash bug immediately. One of the suggested brands used is SAFER® BRAND INSECT KILLING SOAP.

PERMETHRIN: Applying this contact insecticide as a spray will eradicate the squash bugs.

Other chemicals are BIFENTHRIN and ESFENVALERATE. They are also contact insecticides with long lasting effects on the critters. Make sure to read all labels and instructions carefully before using any of these products.

  1. Avoiding mulches

The squash bugs like to take shelter in moist hidden debris and mulches and hay. Remove all such debris from the property to ensure that the squash bugs have fewer places to hide and take shelter. Discard the compost, all the foliage, rake the leaves and trim the grasses. Keep the yard as clean s possible.

  1. Taping the bugs

Paste shiny duct tapes behind the leaves and wrap it around. The nymphs and eggs will get stuck. It can then be captured and squashed. Ending the lifecycle of the bugs and controlling the population of the squash bugs and the enormous it causes to farmers and people who grow them in their gardens.

Squash the bugs

The bugs or critters cause real damage to the vegetation of all cucurbits; this is a major loss not only for gardeners but also farmers who rely on growing and selling the squash. So it damages your landscape, the fruits and vegetables and even our economy. All measures must be taken to terminate the squash bugs.

We hope this article was helpful for you in finding out how to eliminate squash bugs. If you would like more assistance, Solutions Pest & Lawn experts are available to speak to you live via phone at 800-479-6583, email at askapro@solutionsstores. Or via live chat on our home page.


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