It’s that time of year for zucchini squash bug organic control! Or should I call it the zucchini squash bug organic patrol? Because it is really like a patrol. You need to be out in your garden checking your zucchini and squash plants for squash bug eggs. Today I decided to take it easy and I just plopped by my zucchini plants and started my checking. Zucchini squash bug organic control involves some effort! It would be easier to just spray for squash bugs but I want to have an organic garden so I have to put in the extra time to achieve an organic garden!
How To Do Zucchini Squash Bug Organic Control
I check my zucchini and squash plants by checking each leaf. I turn it over and look to see if there are any squash bug eggs. If you start early then you are able to get the eggs before they hatch. It is much easier to take the eggs than it is to get the baby bugs or adolescent bugs once they hatch. When the bugs realize that you are after them they scatter very quickly and get away. And there are often LOTS of them so it is hard to capture all of them. That is why I recommend checking your zucchini or squash leaves for the eggs. As you can see from my picture to the left, I had a very productive day collecting squash bug eggs. Just imagine that everyone of those eggs hatched into a squash bug and they were swarming over the underside of your zucchini leaves. Then you pick up the leaf to see if there are any eggs or bugs and they all fall and scatter away. And then as they grow they suck on your squash leaves and kill them.
Today I Found Lots of Eggs
The squash bug eggs are very beautiful. They are a shiny bronze color with perfect oval symmetry! I admire their beauty but dread if they hatch. It’s a satisfying endeavor to look for squash eggs when you find them. I either rip off the portion of the leaf or you could neatly cut it. Then I dispose of them but not in the compost!!! You never know if they hatch there if they could possibly find their way back to your squash plants! You can read more about the squash bug at the University of Maryland Extension. I have written other blog posts about the squash bugs. These posts cover what happens when you don’t get the eggs.