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5 Easy Strategies to Thwart Your Gray Squash Bugs

Aug 22, 2019
 

Many people will proclaim, "Stink Bug!" when they see Gray Squash Bugs ambling about on their zucchini. Indeed, they are 'true' bugs and the stink is real when they're crushed. Gray Squash Bugs are close relatives of the resident 'stink bugs' in your home.

A little knowledge goes a long way, so here is the biology you need to know plus the organic management keys to keep in mind.

It's a Bug's Life(cycle)

First, Gray Squash bug eggs are gorgeously shiny metallic bronze in clusters of about twenty eggs laid underneath squash leaves, often tucked along a vein. Cucumber beetle eggs are astonishingly similar, though there is more space between eggs (see below). Either way, if you see them, squish them!

An adult squash bug laying her eggs. Photo credit to insectimages.org.

Gray Squash beetle eggs are laid a dense cluster (right) compared to Cucumber beetle eggs (left) which have more space between eggs. Both are most often on the underside of cucurbit leaves.

Eggs hatch in late summer...

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