Wilting Leaves on Zucchini or Squash? Squash Vine Borer: How to Detect and Get Rid of It


SOMEWHERE IN THE SOUTH by Jill McSheehy of Journey with Jill in the Garden

If you’ve ever found your zucchini or squash plant wilted and dead virtually overnight, it was probably due to the squash vine borer. In this video I show you how to know, what to look for, and how to get rid of it.

It’s not pretty, but it’s necessary if you want to have hope of saving your plant.

Years ago, when I first described these symptoms to my mom, who had grown squash for years, she told me that the wilting and dying of the plant was due to heat. More likely, we realized, it was the squash vine borer, a more common pest than you think.

Preventing it organically has proved impossible for me, and I’ve tried many methods — would love suggestions though! — so doing what I show in the video has been my only way of saving my zucchini and squash plants.

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