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E. Vinje

Hi Kevin –

The best organic product for squash bugs is Safer® Tomato & Vegetable Insect Killer. It combines potassium salts of fatty acids (insecticidal soap) and botanical pyrethrins (made from chrysanthemum flowers) to kill a large number of garden pests on contact. This powerful pesticide is very effective, but short lived in the environment — lasting 3 to 5 days after application — so its effect on non-target organisms is minimal.

Floating row covers (Harvest-Guard®) and diatomaceous earth can also be used to reduce pest numbers. Both are effective and completely non-toxic to people, pets and wildlife.

Happy gardening!