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Preventive Control

Natural enemies


Ground beetles

Cultural and management practices

  1. Do not leave the vines in the field once harvest is over for they may contain larvae that will pupate in the soil to complete their development.
  2. Plow the soil to expose pupa to predators and to an unfavorable environment.
  3. Do not plant squash, zucchini, pumpkin or any other gourd after harvesting squash. Practice crop rotation as the squash vine borer has only cucurbits as its host plants.
  4. Cover vines at their leaf joints (nodes) with soil to encourage more root development and to lessen the impact of the borer's damage to the plant.
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