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How to Kill Squash Bugs

Date Posted: June 19, 2014

Seeds of the Month Club by Mike the Gardener How to Kill Squash Bugs
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According to Wikipedia, squash bugs are:
"Coreidae (or Leaf-footed bug) is a large family of predominantly herbivorous insects that belong in the hemipteran suborder Heteroptera. There are more than 1,900 species in over 270 genera.[2] They vary in size from 7 to 45 mm, making the larger species some of the biggest heteropterans. The body shape of coreids is quite variable, with some species broadly oval while others are slender. Coreids are found throughout the world but most species are found in the tropics and subtropics.

In North America they are colloquially called `squash bugs`, because some species, such as Anasa tristis, are pests of squash plants and other cucurbits. They are also called “leaf-footed bugs” due to the leaf-like expansions some species have on their hindlegs.

Some coreids, like Phyllomorpha laciniata, exhibit parental care by carrying their eggs. This behaviour can protect the eggs from parasitism."

To us home vegetable gardeners, especially those of us that grow pumpkins, zucchini and so on, they are simply a pain in the rear end.

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Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.


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