WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WNCT)- There is an insect that could potentially cost farmers an entire crops worth of squash. Squash bugs, if found, can ruin all your squash. The bug’s eggs appear to be red, and once they hatch look like white insects. The best way to prevent the bugs from invading your plants is to grow squash in a place that you haven’t grown them before. There are chemicals available to help kill the pests, but they often kill the good bugs as well.
Andy McLawhorn, the owner of Renston Garden Market, says, “if you have one crop that’s got an infestation just go ahead and plow it up, destroy the plant. That way you wouldn’t have to use a dangerous chemical.”
Squash bugs like to hide underneath the squash plants. Their eggs are often found in clumps.