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What can you put on squash to keep bugs away?

What can you put on squash to keep bugs away?

Companion planting is also worth a try, using repellent plants that deter the squash bug. They include catnip, tansy, radishes, nasturtiums, marigolds, bee balm and mint.

How do you get rid of bugs on butternut squash?

Remove and kill nymphs and adults by dropping them into a pail of soapy water. This is practical only if a few plants are affected. Removal of squash bugs can be challenging because squash bugs hide under leaves and move quickly when disturbed. Crush eggs that are attached to the undersides and stems of leaves.

What do squash bugs hate?

Dill will repel the bugs, however, planting it near squash can kill the vines. Using the dill plant’s leaves only, scatter them all over your squash or pumpkin plants. Left untampered with, squash bugs can multiply quickly and decimate an entire crop.

What are the natural predators of squash bugs?

The Tachinid fly is a natural squash bug predator. Organic gardeners plant carrots and flowers such as Queen Anne’s lace near squash plants to attract these natural predators to the vegetable garden. Adult Tachinid flies lay eggs on the squash bugs, and the larvae consume squash bugs as food.

Why are there Bugs on my squash plants?

These nasty bugs seem to come out of nowhere and can be difficult to kill. One day your squash plants are looking lush and healthy, then suddenly they are wilting and dying. Squash bugs as you may guess from their name are commonly found on squash plants like zucchini but they also will eat pumpkins and cucumbers.

What kind of plants are resistant to squash bugs?

Try planting nasturtium and tansy around your plants that are commonly affected by squash bugs. Select varieties of squash that are resistant to the squash bug if you have a big problem. ‘Butternut’, ‘Royal Acorn’, and ‘Sweet Cheese’ varieties are all more resistant to squash bugs. What do you want to read next? Plants That Repel Mosquitoes and…

What kind of bugs are on pumpkins and squash?

Squash bugs are the bane of a gardener’s existence! They are very difficult to kill and can cause a lot of havoc. Squash bugs are most commonly found on squash plants (hence the name), but they also often appear on pumpkins. Their damage is limited to the cucurbit family.

Why are there squash bugs in South Dakota?

Squash bugs are a headache for gardeners almost every year in South Dakota. As their name implies, squash bugs feed on squash along with many other cucurbits. Injury caused by extensive feeding appears as wilting and may result in the death of infested plants.