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kljflower wrote:
I gave up on growing summer squash at home due to the squash vine borers mentioned in a recent post. When I had an opportunity to try them again in a community garden, they started off beautifully but within a month weeks were reduced to NOTHING by a different squash beast!!!! Not sure of the scientific name - but I've heard them just called squash bugs. The juveniles are gray and the adults are darker. I tried killing as many as I could by hand but there were way too many. We are only supposed to use organic controls in the gardens and while I was trying to figure out what to use, those blasted things took over. I'm almost afraid to go see the garden now - I'm concerned about my pepper plants and tomatoes. I did have an early warning - first pic below - July 13th - eggs on pepper plant leaf next to squash. The second image has the young squash bugs - you might have to zoom in - that was taken August 13th. They have such voracious appetites it is incredible to me how fast they can destroy. Ugh - I really HATE this things. Is there a safe spray to control them? I'm thinking that unless you can spray at the first sight of them, it's a lost cause. Any "resistant" veggies? Thanks a bunch!

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