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July 31, 2009
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Are squash bugs attacking your pumpkins?

Why are pumpkin or squash plants looking mottled and dried up? Squash bugs are a common pest of the cucurbit family: squash, zucchini, pumpkins and melons. They are called "stink bugs" because of the foul odor they exude when crushed.

Squash bugs, Anasa tristis, can be a significant problem on cucurbits. Leaves may develop small specks that turn yellow, then brown beyond the point of attack. Vines start to wilt, and parts of the plant blacken, turn crisp and die. If infested plants survive, their yield can be reduced.

Squash bugs hide in leaf axils, along leaf veins, on the …

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