This year I've decided to try to fight the squash borer.
|Sawdust mush is a sign of the squash borer|
I found that several of them had signs of squash borer infestation.
Signs to look out for include a hole in the vine where the borer entered.
There's also usually mushy sawdust looking stuff on the vine, or the vine itself is mushy.
To check for signs of the borer, start at the base of the vine and inspect it all the way up the plant.
|Squash borer in squash vine|
To remove the borer, carefully slice open the vine the long way and pry it open.
The borers are white worms with black heads.
|Remove squash borer with a needle|
Even if you remove a borer from the vine, it might not be the only one in there.
I found three borers in one vine.
Once you have removed the borers from the vine, bury the vine in dirt.
The plant should grow new roots at the points where the vine is under the dirt, allowing your squash plant to continue to grow.
|Squash borer about to take a bath|
There may be one in there but I didn't find it.
Or maybe my attempt at avoiding the borer worked to some degree and several of my vines were borer free.
I will cover them again next year, it was easy so worth a try. As for this year, I'll continue to monitor my vines for signs of more borers.
Hopefully my efforts will be rewarded with a hearty squash harvest this year!