Going Green: Advice On How To Get Rid Of Squash Bugs

Published 08/28 2014 08:43AM

Updated 08/28 2014 06:46PM

Certain bugs have a bigger effect on our gardens than others. During the summer months gardens are in full swing, and by June or July so are squash bugs.

"Squash bugs are real common in this area and they multiply real fast,” says Todd Hooper, manager of Garden World.

He is quite familiar with the effects of squash bugs, and just how common they are.

That's one of the major questions. How do you get rid of squash bugs,” adds Hooper.

Unfortunately the answer is not that simple. The best method is to get rid of them early.

"On the back of your leaves of your squash plants, or cucumber plants, they'll be a little pouch of eggs. They'll number anywhere from ten to twenty of them. If you can get rid of those that's probably the best way to help take care of them,” says Hooper.

For the past couple of years Garden World has been trying to order a certain plant, known to keep away squash bugs.

“If you can find a Tansy plant or seeds you'll plant some of those in with your squash and it's an organic way to take care of them, but we've been having a hard time to find both the plants and seeds here too."

If you wake up one day to find your garden destroyed by squash plants, chances are you are not alone.

"Sucks the juice out of the leaves and therefore it doesn't get enough energy to sustain the fruit itself. They are pretty prolific in the summer months,” says Hooper.

According to Hooper there is not a chemical to eliminate the problem entirely. You can get squash bugs in cucumber, okra, cantaloupe, and watermelon.

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