GardeningIdentify and Get Rid of Squash Vine Borer

Identify and Get Rid of Squash Vine Borer

Squash vine borers are basically the larvae of attractive black and orange clearwing moth, which is active during daytime. Because of their similar appearance, a lot of people assume that adult squash borer moth is in wasp family. They are actually moths.

Squash vine borer, like squash plants, is native to Americas. The adult squash vine borer moths are basically pollinators. But, they have an unfortunate habit of laying small copper-colored eggs on the squash plants.
After nine to eleven days, the eggs of squash vine borer hatch at which point larvae chew their way in the stem of squash plants and eat them to death. In a season, one adult female squash vine borer moth may lay about 150 eggs.
The most and best drastic thing you may do is to prevent the squash vine borers from killing the plants is cutting off the vine’s section that’s dead and cover the parts of remaining vines with soil.

The vine’s sections covered with soil will develop their root system and continue growing.
If you want to know more about squash vine borers, check out The Old Farmers Almanac and read the blog about this topic. You will surely learn what is it and the best ways to get rid of them.

Paige Raymond
Paige Raymond
Raised in rural Montana and educated in Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Development, Paige Raymond combines a practical mindset with a passion for self-reliance and sustainability. With expertise ranging from mechanical solutions and food preservation to emergency preparedness and renewable energy, Paige is a proud author with more than 5000 published articles.

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