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Squash Bug (Anasa armigera)

Order: Hemiptera (he-MIP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Coreidae
Genus: Anasa
Species: armigera


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Madison, Alabama
El Mirage, Arizona
Glendale, Arizona
Queen Creek, Arizona
Sonoita, Arizona
Higden, Arkansas
Apple Valley, California
Deltona, Florida
Dunnellon, Florida
Osprey, Florida
Summerfield, Florida
Kingsland, Georgia
Effingham, Illinois
Kankakee, Illinois
Greenfield, Indiana
Rising Sun, Indiana
Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Coushatta, Louisiana
Compton, Maryland
Concord, Massachusetts
Willis, Michigan
Shakopee, Minnesota
Tupelo, Mississippi
Chesterfield, Missouri
Doe Run, Missouri
Las Vegas, Nevada
Raymond, New Hampshire
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Bloomfield, New Mexico
Jordan, New York
Queensbury, New York
Salt Point, New York
Gastonia, North Carolina
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Huntersville, North Carolina
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Athens, Ohio
Mount Orab, Ohio
Fletcher, Oklahoma
Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
Effingham, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Garland, Texas
Georgetown, Texas
Irving, Texas
Katy, Texas
Mesquite, Texas
Quinlan, Texas
Round Rock, Texas
Ogden, Utah
Winchester, Virginia
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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Members' Notes:


On Jul 3, 2012, HL_Nursery777 from Dunnellon, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Watch out for these on your huge 5-20 foot sunflowers, these little sap suckers will suck all the sap out of them. Sunflower Growers Beware!


On Apr 20, 2012, phw426 from Arlington, TN wrote:

I would like to know if the basil test was concluded as mentioned above. I think that I will plant it anyway just to see.


On Aug 30, 2011, aabeck from Elizabethtown, KY wrote:

These things ate my zucchini plants. I mean that literally. Out of four plants, I got two small zucchini before I pulled them out of the garden. These bugs are the reason I'm not going to go organic next year.


On Aug 22, 2011, wholestory from Dallas, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

About 20 feet from my veggie plot, I had a hay bail and an unopened bag of cedar mulch resting up on it. I went to remove the bag, and I found about 30 squash bug adults on the hay, where the bag was resting. Apparently these guys like to sit and mate in such narrow but spacious quarters. Which leads me to this article I found about a way to eliminate 100's of these bugs at one time (if the bugs are cooperative, which they apparently usually are):


Note, stink bugs and squash bugs are close relatives.

In case the article disappears one day, ... read more


On Aug 30, 2010, farmlife from Willis, MI wrote:

Hundreds of these little devils destroyed my cukes, zucchini, and even my mature pumpkin vines this year. I'd been accusing the occasional cucumber beetle that I saw until late August when I discovered 10-30 of these guys swarming every stem, at ground level, of my remaining 3 pumpkin vines and all of my replacement cukes and zucchini plants.

When I overturned my pumpkins, they were under there in droves. They love litter (I mulch with my horses' manure all summer) and moist, dark places, so that's where they were hiding during the day - under the mulch by the various plant stems and under the pumpkins.

Spraying with Ortho's "MAX flower, fruit and vegetable insect killer" did them in. It didn't stop them in their tracks, but in a few hours they were dead ... read more


On Aug 10, 2010, bobjoy from Compton, MD wrote:

When this bug finishes with your squash , it will gladly attack your cucumbers and then your melons. I've even found them on tomatoes!


On Jul 5, 2010, Urchin123 from Hillsborough, NC wrote:

The only squash plants unaffected by both the squash borer and squash bug are the plants that have holy basil planted in the center of the hill. More data necessary but it is the first year I've gotten squash off the plants.


On Feb 25, 2010, temafilly from Oconomowoc, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

I doubt this bug will get any other rating unless you can kill enough of them to add to the compost pile.
I wanted to set up awareness that this bug overwinters in HOUSES! I've killed at least 8 of these insiduous, foul-smelling cretins so far. I'll mash anything with a sucking mouthpart on principle, but this last one I saved to find out exactly what it was. I figured that because of it's size and coloring it would be tree-orientated. Surprise! Glad I looked it up as I grow many varieties in the squash family.
There is an excellent article about these insects on http://www.simplykitchengarden.com


On Feb 8, 2009, DMgardener from (Daniel) Mount Orab, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

EWW! YUCK! BAD! This and the Japanese Beetle are the only bugs I have a problem with and this one is BAAADD. The only thing they will eat is winter and summer squashes. The plants grow well untill late July when they wilt and the leaves are pulled back to uncover a large colony of these bugs and the only inexpensive and non-chemical way to get rid of them is to pick them off by hand. When I pick the creature off and up, they fall apart in to a YUCKY, DIGUSTING, DEPLORABLE MESS!!! So the plants all die and I never am able to get a large crop of Winter Squash because the plants die long before the fruits mature.