How to get rid of squash bugs and protect the rest of my plants. - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by dgarrisona
July 10, 2010
I pulled my zucchini plant today, because I realized it was not going to make it. However, I would like to save my bell pepper,tomato, grape plants. The squash bugs did not respond to several products that I purchased today. I went to Home Depot 3x today, and I've spent a lot of money. I've also invested a lot of money to begin this garden. Please help me.

Answer from NGA
July 10, 2010
I have fought squash bugs in my gardens and here is what works for me. First, squish the bugs and their eggs. I tried going out every three days or so and squishing the bugs I found along with any of their eggs. Their amber-colored eggs are laid in clusters underneath the leaves, usually in the protected area between two leaf veins. If you are squeemish about squashing them, carry a container of rubbing alcohol and drop them into that. If you will set a board under the plants near the stem, you will find they like to congregate beneath it during the day. This makes them "sitting ducks"! A piece of aluminum foil wrapped around the stems of your plants will also harbor them and you can hand pick them every morning. Second, I spray with a pyrethrin/rotenone product such a s Bonide?s Total Pest Control or Bonide Eight Vegetable Fruit and Flower spray. This organic option has "knock down power" on the bugs. Just keep at it and eventually you'll get control of those pesky squash bugs.

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