Help! I need to get rid of squash bugs.
I know Sevin will kill them, but I would like to use a less toxic method.
I have been destroying them manually, but I am losing the battle.
Squash bugs are nasty. They can kill a fully grown healthy plant in less than a couple of weeks (I had it happen a couple of times). Once you have them its not easy to get rid of them naturally. However some hints
Lastly I also heard some types of squash have more resistance than others. Maybe contacting your local State Ag Department and or 4-H may help. Also try to see if there are any gardening meetup groups in your area.
Timing seems to be everything if you want to meet certified organic standards. Adults overwinter in brush and debris near their last meal. Mild winters allow more adults to overwinter.