How do you keep the squash bug from ruining your summer squash ?

Barbara Nelson
by Barbara Nelson
Every time I plant summer squash or zucchini I get a little squash and a lot of Pretty yellow flowers, wilting leaves and rotting stems. I love summer squash but I have the worst time trying to grow it . Help!
  3 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 29, 2017

  • Gma Kirk Gma Kirk on May 29, 2017
    First, move the squash to a different plot. The squash bugs winter in and just come back, so rotate where you plant them. Plants that go up a trellis or fencing rather than on the ground are easier to keep pest free. I also like to plant mine in the ground, with a plastic cup with the bottom cut out around it like a collar, buried about an inch to keep away cut worms. Spray with insecticidal soap, getting the undersides of the leaves as well. Keep evenly watered and fertilized ( stressed plants more susceptible).

  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on May 30, 2017
    I read a post on Pinterest and it actually worked for me. Cut strips of panty hose (YES, panty hose) and wrap each stem before you put in the ground. This is a tedious task, but well worth it. You can also use tin foil. They are squash vine borers and once they get in the vine, it's pretty much all over. I've read a lot of different solutions, but this one has worked well for me.