The evil squash bugs are creating havoc in our patch. Well, that and the really rainy month of June, possibly. I have lots of vines. Not so many pumpkins, this year. There have been lots of bees and butterflies around the flowers, but not a lot of the female (fruit attached) blossoms. Not much I can do about that. However, I am declaring war on the squash bugs (and eggs). The wilted leaves in the top left photo are caused by their damage. The bugs will destroy the vines and move on to gnaw holes into the fruit.
Their scientific name is Anasta nistis DeGeer. Looks like A nasty nemesis in de Rear to me. After some research, I have decided to treat with food-grade diatomaceous earth (DE), keeping it off the blooms as much as possible so it won’t harm the bees.
After the pumpkin patch, it was home to make peach pie. Why do I feel like this post is sounding precariously like a Sesame Street episode?
Today’s episode was brought to you by the letter P.
Thanks to Mom and Dale for the peaches. Have a positively perfect day!
Here’s a link if you are looking for information regarding your own patch: Squash Bugs .