....fucking squash bugs.
My gardens have been plagued with this kind of squash bug for years:
But now it seems as if the word has gone around the block that Krazo Acres is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat, have sex and raise a family in my squash garden.
So now I have the dreaded Squash Vine Borer, and not one, but two Cucumber Beetles, which I just recently identified. And the worst thing about identifying the SVB is that I've seen the adults around the yard the past month and though, "Oh, I shouldn't kill those, they look kind'a pretty and they might be a good bug", not knowing that I should have been stomping the crap out of them each and every time I saw one.
|Squash Vine Borers doing the nasty.|
|Apparently the Cucumber Beetles haven't found my cucumbers yet|
as they are currently eating holes in the leaves of my squash plants.
I've been going over each and every squash plant in the garden and every day I find more adults. I usually squash one or two bugs in each squash hill but haven't seen any adolescents and only two clusters of eggs so far. I have twenty-four mounds of zucchini, yellow, acorn and butternut squash out there and the heck if I am going to let these bastards destroy my Spring and Fall harvests.
At this point I hope I'll be able to keep them in check, but if they get too bad I am going to have to resort to some sort of pesticide, be it organic-lovey-dovey stuff or Agent Orange.
There's a break in the rain right now (we've had rain for the last week! whoo hoo!) so I'm off to crush the exoskeletons of some more Cucurbita-eating bastard insects.