Squash bugs (Anasa tristis) are common pests on plants in the cucurbit family, including squash, pumpkin, melon, cucumber and zucchini. Leaves may develop small specks that turn yellow, then brown beyond the point of attack. Vines start to wilt, and parts of the plant blacken, turn crisp and die. Young plants may completely succumb to a squash bug infestation. If infested plants survive, their yield can be greatly reduced. FS-08-22 explains how to control them in your home gardens!

Squash Bug Nymphs

Squash Bug Nymphs

  

Photo of Pumpkin patch

This pumpkin patch is located at the Lifelong Learning Center’s Outdoor Education Center.