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Home  >  Pest Management  >   Squash Bug and Squash Vine Borer: Organic Controls (Summary)

Squash Bug and Squash Vine Borer: Organic Controls


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By Katherine Adam

Published: 2006

Updated: 2006



12 pages

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Squash bug and squash vine borer are major pests among cucurbits. This publication addresses organic control methods for these pests. The life cycles and characteristics of each pest are presented. Various levels and types of organically sanctioned controls are discussed. Row covers, cultural methods, and physical practices are also covered. Experimental controls, biological controls, and alternative insecticides are also discussed and a case study is presented. A list of references follows the narrative.

Table of Contents

Life Cycle and Characteristics: Squash Bug
Life Cycle and Characteristics: Squash Vine Borer
Planning for Control
Levels of Control in Certified Organic Production
    Systems-based practices (level 1)
    Mechanical and physical practices (level 2)
    Material (level 3)
Row Covers
Host Preference and Genetic Resistance
Other Cultural and Physical Controls
    Experimental, creative approaches    Recommended strategies
Biological Control
Kaolin Clay
Alternative Insecticides

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