Attack of the beetles - Knowledgebase Question

Independence, Ke
Question by seh553
February 24, 2011
Last year I had clear(ish)/pale colored beetles of sorts that killed my cucumbers and squash. Can anyone help me identify what it is and share how to prevent/treat for this year?


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Answer from NGA
February 24, 2011

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I have fought squash bugs in my gardens and here is what works for me. First, squash the bugs and their eggs. I tried going out every three days or so and squashing 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 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 laid around the stem like a mulch will also harbor them. Second, I spray occasionally with a pyrethrin/rotenone product. This is an organic option with good "knock down power" on the bugs.

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