Just when the Japanese beetle population starts to dwindle, the next wave of garden pests show up laying eggs on almost every available squash leaf.
While I detest squash bugs, I absolutely loathe Japanese beetles. In comparison…these aren’t so bad.
Every day, I eagerly go out to the garden to squish the eggs and vacuum the bugs that have emerged.
The process is more satisfying than drowning beetles. I think it is because I can squish all the eggs on a plant and vacuum most of the bugs.
This year, I am going to try applying neem oil to the leaves in order to deter more egg layers.
I have to be careful not to hit the squash flowers though. I want the bees to continue pollinating so we can have a good crop of watermelon, butternut and pattypan this year.
Squash bugs aren’t the worst
But are really annoying
Squish, vacuum, squish-squash