When you are a gardener in your spare time, you take pride in the vegetables and other fruits you grow in your garden each summer. When a bug or insect infestation takes over one or more plants in your garden, you want to do all you can to treat and protect your garden plants and all the hard work you have put into them. Squash bugs can be a large threat to any plants in the squash family you may have growing in your garden and can cause them to not produce any fruit or kill them completely. Here are some treatments to help you fight off and eliminate squash bug infestations in your garden.
Natural Home Remedy Sprays
As a gardener, you may not want to use harsh chemicals on your garden plants that can be toxic to honey bees, your pets, and your family members. You can choose to use safe treatments to fight and help control the spread of squash bugs.
You can make a squash bug spray from ingredients you likely already have in your fridge. Combine water, a sliced onion, and a few cloves of crushed garlic in a bowl or jar. Let the mixture sit overnight or for a few days to allow the water to absorb the oils and odors from the onion and garlic. Pour the entire mixture onto the base of your squash plant that is infested with squash bugs to kill any squash bugs on the plant.
You can also pour a small amount of liquid Castile soap into a spray bottle, then fill the bottle up the rest of the way with water. Use this spray on your infested squash plant in the early morning. Be sure to spray it at the base of the plant where squash bugs tend to congregate, and on the undersides of the leaves. The soap mixture suffocates the bugs and kills them completely and quickly.
There are some types of insecticides you can find that do not harm the environment or harm honey bees, which you can find at most home improvement or plant nursery stores. You can also talk to your local pest control professional, like Suffolk Pest Control, about safe treatments they can apply to your garden squash plants.
Diatomaceous earth is a safe substance that does not contain any toxins but quickly kills squash bugs and all other bugs quickly. It is made up of fossilized remains of plankton and when it comes in contact with the bugs, it causes their body to dry out, killing them. Sprinkle this powder over your infested plants.
Use these tips to help eliminate squash bugs from your garden.