What is a squash bug? The squash bug attacks squash and pumpkins but can also demolish cucumbers.
What are the first signs of squash bug infestation? The eggs!
Look very close as this picture is highly magnified. The eggs will appear to be a small round copper cluster. I have scraped them off with my fingers and squished them! You can also squish the bug; however, you might be squishing for a very long time as they are quite plentiful.
My next plan of attack (because this is a pesticide-free garden), is to use:
I take a cup and sprinkle DE (Diatomaceous Earth) all over the plants. DE is a food-grade product and can be consumed by animals, including humans without consequence. Therefore, this is a safe and effective way to remove pests from the garden. Be sure to use a mask when applying DE. Although safe to eat, the dust contains particles that are not safe to breathe during the application. In addition, although safe, I always wash the vegetables after picking them.
I did pick as many squash today before applying the DE to the plants.
We also put DE over our entire yard in the spring because it rids the yard of fleas and ticks.
- Remove putting them into a pail of soapy water.
- Press and destroy eggs that are attached to the undersides and stems of leaves.
- Trap squash bugs by laying out boards or pieces of newspaper. Squash bugs will gather under the boards at night, and then can be collected and destroyed in the morning.