Pest problems of cucumber, pumpkin and squash
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- Plant varieties that are resistant or tolerant to powdery mildew.
- Plant varieties that are tolerant or resistant to virus.
- Remove weeds in the field.
Angular leaf spot and anthracnose
- Plant resistant varieties.
- Use drip irrigation to keep leaves dry. Do not work in plants when wet.
- Remove and destroy or bury infected plants after harvest.
- Do not plant cucumber, pumpkin, squash or melon in the same location for 2-3 years.
- Do not save seed from infected plants.
- Remove plant debris around garden during garden season and fall.
- Remove and destroy eggs.
- Remove or knock off squash bugs into container of soapy water.
- Trap squash bugs under boards and remove in the morning.
Squash vine borer
- Plant butternut squash, cucumbers, melons, and watermelons as they are not normally attacked.
- Make a second plant of summer squash in early July.
- Use yellow pans of water to detect when adult moths are first active
- Use row covers when adult moths are first active (late June/early June). Leave for 2 weeks and then remove.
- Remove and destroy plants killed by squash vine borers.
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