Removal Of Squash Beetle - Knowledgebase Question

Eagle Mountain, UT
Question by maryjanis
February 6, 2004
I know that squash beetles winder over, how can I get a jump on them before they overtake everything?


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Answer from NGA
February 6, 2004

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cover the plants with a floating row cover until flowers appear, which helps stop the moths from laying eggs.

For any of these pests, it's a good idea to rotate crops every planting season and clean up plant debris, where they can overwinter. If you are a diligent composter and manage your compost piles to reach a high temperature, and turn regularly to ensure that all of the material gets heated to destroy the pests, you can compost the debris. If your compost doesn't heat up and you had an infestation, throw the plant debris in the trash, rather than compost it.
Good luck! cover the plants with a floating row cover until flowers appear, which helps stop the moths from laying eggs.

For any of these pests, it's a good idea to rotate crops every planting season and clean up plant debris, where they can overwinter. If you are a diligent composter and manage your compost piles to reach a high temperature, and turn regularly to ensure that all of the material gets heated to destroy the pests, you can compost the debris. If your compost doesn't heat up and you had an infestation, throw the plant debris in the trash, rather than compost it.
Good luck!

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