As with most vegetable plants, squash bugs and diseases can quickly eliminate a garden crop without regret. Keep eyes peeled for damage to leaves, flowers, or fruits to eliminate a garden takeover before it is too late!
Aphids – curled or yellowed leaves indicate an aphid infestation. Use a pyrethrin-based spray like Safer® Brand Tomato and Vegetable Insect Killer to kill insects on contact without harming plants.
Cucumber Beetles – chewed holes present on your plants are often a result of cucumber beetles. Cucumber beetles help the spread of disease so using an insecticidal soap will control this issue. Safer® Brand Insect Killing Soap kills insects on contact without damaging the integrity of your organic garden.
Squash Borers – wilted plant leaves and stems are caused by a squash borer presence. Safer® Brand Bug Patrol will attach to your hose and can be applied quickly and evenly to your squash plants.
Powdery Mildew – although often mistaken for dirt, powdery mildew is a strain of fungi. Yellowing or stunted leaves, a dirt-like presence on leaves and vines, or premature leaf drop all indicate a possible powdery mildew presence. Safer® Brand Garden Fungicide is compliant with organic gardening and effective in powdery mildew control.