Squash Vine Borer Monitoring

If you’ve been reading this blog before this year, you’ll know that we try all kinds of things in an attempt to outwit the Squash Vine Borers. This year I’m not sure what all we’re planning to do, but we will be using the monitoring trap again, courtesy of the fine folks in the K-State Entomology Department.

Here’s a look at our fresh trap. The bottom part is covered with sticky glue, and I placed one of the vine borer pheromone lures  in the center.

**IMPORTANT NOTICE** This trap is for monitoring purposes only! It will not get rid of all your vine borers and completely protect your plants.

I decided to put the trap on one of the trellises in our vertical garden for 2 reasons. First, it is the area where we had squash planted last year. Second, it’s where we have squash planted this year. That wasn’t good planning, was it?

Technically, the trap will be next to the beans and melons. However, I think that 4 feet won’t be too far to expect the moths to fly!

I think it has been a little cool to see the moths coming out yet, but I’ll keep you posted when I see the first moth in a trap.

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 May 23, 2011, in Insects Abound! and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I hope it works. I didn’t even know there was traps for them.

    It is so cool here I haven’t planted any warm weather things yet. Generally the date for planting them here is Memorial Day so I am not worried (yet) but I always plant a little earlier then they say and the prepare to protect..this year I didn’t…so we’ll see what happens.

    • Well, they “work” in the sense that we know when the moths are around. The traps definitely don’t work in the sense that they protect the plants from damage!

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