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What is a squash vine borer and how do you treat plants for them?
The squash vine borer is a black and orange moth with a wingspan from around 1- 1.5".
Female moths will lay their eggs on stems between May and June. These eggs will hatch
into worms in a week's time and bore into the stem they are on.
After burrowing into the stem, these larvae will eat the stem for around four weeks,
ultimately destroying the plant.After the plant is destroyed, it will burrow into the soil and emerge as a moth.
Insecticides are recommended at the first sign of damage. Some suggestions would be:-Acetamoprid, (ortho Max Flower, Fruit and Vegetable Insect Killer 0.006%)-Bifenthrin, (Ortho Bug-B-Gon MAX Lawn and garden Insect killer COnce ntrate 0.3%
- Permethrin (Eight Insect Control 2.5%, Bonide Total Pest Control Concentrate 13.3%)Whatever spray you choose, make sure to cover the vines so its affective.
For more information visit our squash gardening page or contact your local county Extension office.
By Sherri Sanders County Extension Agent - AgricultureThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
2400 Old Searcy Landing Road Searcy AR 72143 (501) 268-5394 firstname.lastname@example.org