Ask a Question forum: Squash Bugs for Fall planting

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Statesville, North Carolina
Jul 13, 2017 9:27 PM CST
I'm new to gardening, so don't know a whole lot about it yet. We have a raised bed garden, that we had zucchini and cucmber planted next to each other. We also have peppers and tomatoes planted in it. We realized that our zucchini and cucumber plant was invaded and killed by squash bugs. We removed those 2 plants, but there are still a ton of the squash bugs in the garden. We have a plastic liner between the wood frame, and the dirt. I saw many bugs behind the plastic, by the wood, as well. have 3 questions. 1. Do I have to worry that they will bother our pepper or tomato plants? 2. We plan to do a fall garden in the raised bed, do I have to worry about them being in the dirt? If so, any remedies to remove them, without having to get rid of all the dirt? 3. We have a cantalope plant in a seperate raised bed, that has it's vines on the ground. I understand that they could move to that plant. Any remedies to keep them away? I prefer not to use any chemicals on our garden, and plan to check the plant daily, now that I know about these pests, but any other advice in avoiding these pests? Thank you!
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
Plant Identifier Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Jul 14, 2017 6:39 AM CST
Squash bugs usually don't hang around after their food source is gone.

Are you certain that you have squash bugs, any chance they are leaf foot bugs?

When I can catch them, I find that squash bugs generally succumb to being squished between two fingers.

I've also discovered that chickens eat squash bugs.
So... Maybe herd them into a bucket, and offer them to somebody's poultry?

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