Found and killed two squash bugs when I checked the plants today. Also found two clusters of eggs.
I don’t like spending anymore time doing this than I have to. So my approach is to tear the cluster of eggs off the leaf and not make a big deal of it. The leaf might not look so beautiful after that, but it doesn’t hurt the plant and it’ll grow plenty more leaves anyway.
The torn off leaf with the eggs goes in my skirt pocket (or a plastic bag) and are transferred to the trash when I get back to the house. (Flushing down the toilet also works.)
Scraping or Flicking or Squishing
There are those who take all kinds of pains to remove the eggs and leave the leaf intact. Some people scrape off the eggs with a knife and others “flick” them off. When I hear that, it always makes me wonder what they do with the eggs? It brings to mind a picture of the gardener just casting the eggs to the ground.
The problem with that is — the eggs can still hatch. “But” – you say -“They’re not on a leaf and so they have no food.”
Thing is, nature’s a lot tougher than that. She’s really good at seeing to it things survive. It’d be a pretty safe bet that many of those eggs hatch and the nymphs that hatch go on to become adults.
Other gardeners say they squish the eggs. (Good luck with that!)
Squash bug eggs are hard. The chances are in their favor to survive your “squishing” and still hatch.
If you’re taking the time and effort to check for bugs and their eggs, you may as well choose a method that will guarantee the eggs don’t hatch. If you don’t want to use my approach, you’ll find more suggestions in the related posts below.
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