Updated: Feb 10, 2020
We love squash. We have raised zucchini, yellow squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash and pumpkin for years. Over the last several years, however, squash bugs and squash vine borer have almost made it not worth our time to try to grow squash. We only use organic pest control and there is not much that takes out the squash bugs other than lots of hand picking. The chickens are not all that keen on them either which just seems so sad to me. When we let the guineas into the garden several years ago, they just ignored them and walked over to the bean beetles.
Then there are the tiny brown eggs. Duct tape is really the only successful method we have found for removing them. We had an extremely successful pumpkin year when we placed wooden boards all over the pumpkin patch. Every morning we flipped the boards over and the grandkids played the “grab the squash bugs before they could get off the board.” If you missed a day, however, they were back with a vengeance. It took hours quite literally. Now that the grandkids are older, the game is not as much fun.
We have had limited success with diatomaceous earth around the bottom of the squash vines, but must be diligent to replace it when it rains. This seems to discourage the squash vine borer. We have taken the vine and buried it in various places so that it will root and continue to grow when the borer takes out one of the stems. Still this is work intensive and we began to wonder if squash was worth the effort.