Our squash plants were humming right along, nice big leaves, loads of blooms and little tiny squash. (the pumpkin too)
When all the sudden we were under siege... the plants were covered with squash beetles.
They have pretty much chewed into and destroyed 6 of our 8 plants.
We got 1 pumpkin, the rest of the plant is toast...
I went thought the plants and removed leaves or portions of leaves with eggs - I spray the plants down with water to shoo away the bees and good bugs. Because of the water the beetles all scurry to the top of the plant, then I douse them with neem oil. The next day, it seems that there is just as many as the day before - It appears after the fact methods don't do much good.
I mean golly-gee-whiz squash is suppose to be one of the easiest things to grow.
My question is more for next time. How do I prevent squash beetles?
How should I prepare my garden next year to at least keep these things at a manageable level.