Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Home Grown: Stopping Squash Bugs

Squash bugs (Anasa tristis) feast on squash, melons, and pumpkins. Adults and the younger nymphs suck the sap from the plants and feed on the fruits, causing moderate to severe plant damage. The feeding damage causes spots, yellowing, and browning of leaves and fruits. The pest can destroy the plant’s runners or side shoots.

Adult squash bugs are similar to stink bugs, but emit an odor only when crushed. Plant debris and leaf litter left in the yard provides shelter for overwintering squash bug adults.

Starting in the spring months, they begin to lay orange-colored eggs on the undersides of squash leaves and stems in a very precise pattern. Nymphs, which resemble spiders, will begin to hatch in 1 to 2 weeks. When first hatched, they stay clumped together.

Continued in... Stopping Squash Bugs

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