How to Kill Squash Bugs Organically
The video below shows an organic way to kill squash bugs and cucumber beetles, using dish soap. It’s amazing how fast it works! [ Credit: georgem21275 ]
I tried this and it works! Fast! I just used dish soap mixed with water and poured it over a gathering of squash bugs and they were all paralyzed within seconds. It was just a little soap and mostly water, shaken up.
How does dish soap kill bugs?
The soap suffocates them. These insects breath through their outer covering and not through their mouth. Air enters the insect’s body through valve-like openings in the exoskeleton. [ source ] A soapy liquid covering their body clogs up these openings, preventing Oxygen from entering their bodies.
Other Common Squash Pests
The video below shows several of the common insect pests on squash plants. [ Credit: NMSU ]
You can combat squash bugs with a small amount of cheap dishwashing liquid and water, which is also fairly harmless to our environment.