Attack of the Squash Vine Borer, Thwarted?

Does my title strike you as perhaps slightly too optimistic? Maybe just a little bit…

We have caught 2 or maybe 3 Squash Vine Borer Moths in our pheromone trap so far. 2 of the moths I know are SVBs, but the third one I’m not 100% sure on. (Isn’t that an awful picture? A SVB moth and miscellaneous other insects in the death throes of a glue trap. Okay, I just made it worse, didn’t I?)

Knowing that we have some “unprotected” squash plants on the other side of the garden, I thought I’d check them to see if there were any signs of SVB eggs or larvae. Lo and behold, what did I find on BOTH of the squash plants? Yeah, you guessed it.

If you look really close at the base of this squash plant, you can see those brown, scaly disks, which I believe are Squash Vine Borer eggs. It fits pictures that I’ve seen, and they look like eggs. I scraped them off all sides of the stem that I could see on both of the squash plants. I haven’t checked the ones under the row cover yet to see how they are doing – and if they are egg free!

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on June 2, 2010, in Family of 4 Garden, Insects Abound! and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the great picture. I’d better cover my squash stem basees tomorrow.

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