Be on the Lookout – Squash Vine Borer

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Burke County Gardeners Beware!

It’s about time for squash vine borer adults to lay eggs on tender squash, cucumber and pumpkin vines. Eggs are laid at the base of the stem but orange and black adults. The eggs hatch and maggot-like borers emerge and burrow in to the stem. This causes the plant to wilt and die. Here in Burke County this happens the last week in May into the first week in June and again in the last week in July through the first week in August. Protect plants with row covers or Pyrethrine sprays during this time.

adult squash vine borer moth

Adult Squash Vine Borer Moth

squash vine borer larva

Squash Vine Borer Larva

plant damaged by squash vine borer

Plant Damage from Squash Vine Borer