As is the case with most bug infestations, prevention is always the better option. There are ways through which you can keep your garden or farm free of Squash Bugs. Here are some tips on how to prevent Squash Bugs from infesting your garden:
Burn or compost squash vines:
When fall arrives, the best thing you can do to old squash vines is to burn or compost them. This goes a long way in ensuring that you do not reintroduce previous Squash Bug infestations that were overwintering under the dead leaves into your garden. These vines can also provide shelter for breeding in which case you will be introducing new generations of Squash Bugs into your farm.
Practice crop rotation:
This is an excellent agricultural practice that not only keeps the soil fertile and crop worthy, but also minimizes the spread of bug infestations.
Avoid deep cool mulches:
Using straw mulches or hay in your farm provide a favorable environment for Squash Bugs to breed and thrive. Using other alternatives eliminates these environments which in turn helps to keep the probability of getting a squash infestation at a minimum.
Cover vines until they blossom:
You could also consider keeping vines covered until they begin to blossom. Remember to remove the cover to facilitate pollination. Because Squash Bugs only have one generation per year, you can easily avoid them by waiting until the early months of summer to start planting as well as keeping your vines covered through the first month of spring.
Try companion planting:
They are certain plants that repel Squash Bugs such as nasturtium and tansy. Plant these around the plants that are typically infested with squash bugs and they might just deter these little critters from taking hold.
Choose Squash Bug resistant varieties of squash:
There are different varieties of the squash plant that are more resistant to the squash bug than most. Varieties such as ‘Sweet Cheese’, ‘Butternut’, and ‘Royal Acorn’ are more resistant to these kinds of bug infestation.
Over-plant your squash:
This is simply a matter of playing the numbers. If you plant more squash plants than you need, then the loss you may experience from a squash bug infestation will not be as devastating.