Gabby..They recommend using Sevin dust or spray. Since I was late starting my garden is why I have so many of them. According to the Extension Office, the Squash bugs become active at the end of May in SC. It rained so much this year that I had to plant late. They got a jump on me before I knew what was happening. Look on the underside of the leaves for a cluster of eggs (Red or Brown) near the stem where the leaf forms. You have to remove the lava by hand, then treat the plant.
If you have the Squash vine borers, they are a different story. They damage the stem of your plant, by eating the side of it. Well, according to the article, you can split the stem, remove the worm, stick a pin or needle into it and it is dead. Then cover your damaged place with new soil and water regular to see if the plant will survive. For the vine borers, they recommend Bug B Gone or Sevin. Be sure to remove all weeds in the area, even outside the garden area. They like to hide in weeds. I am going to burn my infected leaves and plants so I won't have infestation again next year. They suggest you clean all of the debris out of your garden and garden area in the fall after the garden is done. Till the soil so to turn the borers to the top of the surface. They can't survive that way. They live in the ground until mating season which is springtime.
I will use the Sevin. It is safe to use. I use it for Fleas under the porch. When the fleas get bad on the cat, I dust her with the Sevin. It doesn't bother her any.
How is that for a lesson on worms, bugs, whatever. Hope it helps answer your questions. Thanks Joan
Here is a chick to pick the bugs.
Edited by: JOAN68 at: 6/4/2011 (01:26)
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