Answer: Squash vine borers can be a real problem once they become established in a garden. You can try rotating your crops to a different area of the garden to foil the pests, and planting a little later in the year to have your crops at a different stage of development when the population of squash bugs peaks. There are companion plants you can grow near your squash to repel the pests (try growing radishes next to the bases of the vines), or you can sprinkle wood ashes, crushed black pepper or camphor around vines bases to deter invasion. Finally, try wrapping a foil collar or piece of pantyhose around the plant base to keep the moths from laying their eggs. Hope you have a healthier crop of squash this year!
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