This morning I saw this seasons first squash bug and tons of eggs. Yuck! They are gross. They look like giant stink bugs but they eat my plants. Thus, they must die! Every single one of them. Dead. Stat.
Unfortunately I didn't know how to make that happen. After a few minutes online I compiled a few different ideas. Here's what I settled on, it seemed to work. The general consensus is that squash bugs are an ongoing problem that you have to stay on top of.
I made up a spray bottle with some castille soap and water. I used about 1/6 a bar of Dr Bonners (unscented baby) that I had in the pantry and filled 1/2 a spray bottle with warm water. I let it sit on the counter for a few hours. I also took with me a pair of scissors to cut out any parts of the leaves that had eggs laid on them and a bowl to put the infected leaves.
The soap spray was supposed to kill the adult and baby bugs. However, I found that is simply stunned my big bugs long enough for me to squish them. With much satisfaction in my heart, I must say. It did kill the younger bugs that were still white. They tend to pile together at the base of the plant so make sure you look really well.
|This is a web photo of the baby bugs.|
|Death row for squash bug eggs.|
Ok, that's all I've learned about these nasty buggers. If you have anything to add that's worked for you, please share.
In the mean time, happy gardening!