How to Naturally Control Squash Bugs

Out of all of the things I have tried to grow over the year, yellow summer squash has to be my very favorite!  It is easy to grow and take care of, and summer squash is one of my very favorite vegetables.  You can do so many things with it, like bake, sauté, fry, or grill it.  You can even cook a delicious squash casserole and more.  We also love the green variety of squash, zucchini.  It is more popular, and we like to make Zucchini Lasagna with our garden produce.

When I first began growing yellow squash and zucchini, I harvested just a few and then my plants started turning yellow and were dead before I knew what hit them.  I assumed that I hadn't watered them enough – as it was a very hot summer and I was a gardening newbie.  Well, I started reading up and wondered if squash bugs had taken over.  I knew my dad and brother had talked about them, but I didn't see one in my garden, but then again, I never looked that closely.

How to Naturally Control Squash Bugs

Last year, I went all out and we made a big garden full of zucchini and yellow squash plants:

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What I didn't realize at the time of planting was that my plants really were too close and it would be hard to harvest, but I did make the very most out of my space and we had TONS of squash and zucchini!  However, before long, the plants started turning yellow again.  Upon investigation, I found squash bugs all up in my plants and I was not happy.  I was striving for an organic garden and didn't want to resort to chemicals, but something had to be done to save my plants.

How to Naturally Get Rid of Squash Bugs

I was advised to just find the squash bugs and squish them between my fingers.  Um.  Seriously?  I was about four months pregnant and still feeling somewhat icky, I definitely didn't want to be killing nasty bugs between my fingers.  But, I got some great gloves and set out in the garden.  It actually became quite fun, believe it or not, to find those little nasty bugs and kill them.  The kids even got into it when I got them (but really me) a cool bug vacuum toy.  It didn't suck up the big, huge bugs, but it worked a few times for the little ones.  My bro also advised that I look under leaves to find their eggs and squish them to kill them.  This is what the eggs look like:

How to Naturally Get Rid of Squash Bugs

This year, I have cut down on the number of plants and am being proactive in killing the squash bugs before they take over the garden.  Here is a list of a few great, natural ways to conrol the squash bugs in your garden, too:

  1. Closely inspect your squash, zucchini, melon, cucumbers, and other plants from the cucurbit family and kill any squash bugs you see.  Also keep an eye out for squash bug nymphs, which are likely nearby eggs that they have just hatched out of.
  2. If you check for bugs during and right after watering, you will find that they climb to the top of your plants.  This provides an easy way to capture and kill them.  
  3. Check daily for eggs.  I find that squash bugs love to lay their eggs on my tomato plants.  Also, if you go out after dark, you can use a flashlight to easily spot the cluster of eggs under the leaves.  Gently rub them back and forth with your fingers to kill them or remove the eggs and squish them with a spade or rock, burn them, or drop them in a bowl of water and soap (see #4.)  Just make sure they die or else you'll see baby squash bugs very, very soon.
  4. Have a bowl of water with a little dish soap mixed in to throw eggs and squash bugs in.  They will die without you having to squish them!
  5. Set out some bug trap boards.  I haven't tried this, but if you have an infestation, it's sure to work.
  6. Get some 100% Neem Oil and a spray bottle or a lawn and garden sprayer.  Mix with water, according to directions, and spray all over your plants.  Hubby recently discovered neem oil for our grape vine aphids and have found that they will work for any bug that eats the fruits and veggies in your garden.  The neem oil doesn't kill on contact, but is supposed to make them crazy and stop eating and mating, and thus, will kill them off.  Neem oil can be applied any time of the day, up to the day of harvest and it doesn't kill those helpful bugs.
  7. Rake up any leaves or debris under the plants and throw them away because squash bugs love to hide.
  8. I have not tried this, but a lot of sources say that you can try a floating row cover to deter the bugs.
  9. I read a tip online last year that said after the growing season is over, leave one squash plant in the middle of your garden and wait a day and then go and kill all of the adult squash bugs because they will survive over the winter and lay their eggs in the summer if you don't.  One man even said he sets his plant on fire, but you know, do that with caution if you want to!  Either way, make sure you clean up the garden area afterwards so the bugs won't winter in your garden debris.

​If you have any other tips for controlling squash bugs (or any other type of plant eating bug,) I'd love to hear about it in the comments!  Good luck!

 

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Yummy Ways to Add Protein to your Preschooler’s Diet

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D is our three year old and he has always loved to eat.  He is our child who loves peas, carrots, and broccoli, but turns his nose up at meat and beans.  He usually likes chicken, but other than that, it is hard to get him to eat protein.  He will eat fruit and vegetables all day, but I know he needs whole protein foods, too, so I'm always searching for ways to add protein to his diet.

The Captain, on the other hand, is a meat eater, through and through.  He struggles with getting enough calcium because he does not like milk or cheese.  I worry about him getting enough calcium just like I worry about D getting enough protein.  They both need calcium for strong bones and protein for energy to go, go, go!  Luckily, they both love yogurt so I was thrilled to find the Stonyfield Organic refrigerated yogurt pouches.  

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I love the convenience of the YoKids pouches.  You don't know how many times we are out the door and I realize the boys need a snack (or breakfast sometimes…oops!) and these pouches rescue me….just grab and go!  The boys love the strawberry flavor.  I love that the ingredients are always organic and never contain high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors.

So whether we are going to school, a soccer game, shopping, or something as simple as talking a "drive" to the local recycling bin, the boys can have a quick snack that provides them with calcium and protein!  Plus, Stonyfield Organic yogurt has live and active cultures to keep the boys' tummies and immune systems in tip top shape.

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Yummy Ways to Add Protein to your Preschooler's Diet

Here are some yummy snacks for sneaking protein in your preschooler's diet:

I'm also excited that Stonyfield will be there for Baby Brother when he's ready to start eating yogurt.  The YoBaby and YoToddler refrigerated organic yogurt pouches are formulated for little ones and their special needs.

YoKids flavors:  Blueberry, Strawberry, Strawberry-Banana

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Stonyfield organic yogurt pouches are available in the dairy aisle, along with all the other Stonyfield products that we love!  They come in four packs or individual pouches.  Read more about these delicious yogurt pouches on the Stonyfield website.  Check the store locator to see if these pouches are sold near you!

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Win a Personal Skin Care Bundle From The Mommy’s Club {giveaway closed}

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The Lucky Leprechaun is here which means it's time for you to enter to win some great prizes!  Big thanks to Cheap Is The New Classy for organizing this event!  Here at Life With Captain Fussybuckets, you can win a great skin care package from Mommy's Club.  Mommy's Club products are all GMO free, BPA free, vegan, cruelty free, and made in the USA!  We've been using them in our house for a couple of months now and we really like them!  All the products are fantastic.  (Check out my Mommy's Club full review.)   The Personal Skin Care Bundle is packed with high quality, organic, non-toxic products for you and your family.  Included is: 

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For the past few years, I've been on a mission to find the best products for our family.  It's very time consuming to read all product labels, ingredients lists, etc on all of the products our family uses.  It's also time consuming to go to Store A to get this product, Store B to buy this one, etc.  What I really wanted, as a busy mom of three, was to have a one stop shop for all of our bath and body care, vitamins, and household products.  Then I was approached about reviewing Mommy's Club products and I have been nothing but impressed.  My one stop shop is here!

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Here's a list of the quality products that Mommy's Club currently offers:

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I can say that all of these products are high quality and our family has enjoyed using them all.  I want to share with you what I love about our top three Mommy's Club products!

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  1. Cherry Chewable Multivitamin for children, with daily probiotic – The Captain is very…well….fussy about his vitamins.  I have bought many different kinds of vitamins in hopes of him liking them.  The minute we opened the package from Mommy's Club, I spotted the vitamins, quickly read the back, and handed both of the boys two multivitamins to take.  They instantly declared them the best vitamins they had ever had and I was thrilled!  Take a look at the label:

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2.  Total Body Health with Multivitamin for adults – This is a liquid, 100% vegetarian natural source of over 150 vitamins, minerals, super foods, and enzymes.  It's an all-in-one product that also contains a prebiotic fiber complex with special enzymes to help with digestion.  Also included are unique ingredients for liver and kidney functions, vision and youth, circulatory health, amino acids, and concentrated fruits and veggies.  Why do I like it?  Because it's 1 oz a day of pure goodness for the hubby and me.  In all honesty, he thinks it tastes gross but is still willing to take it.  I personally don't mind the taste and actually think it's pretty tasty for something with so much goodness in it!

3.  Lavender Body Lotion – I love to slather this on Baby Brother because it is smooth and smells delicious!  It is a blend of vanilla and lavender that is absolutely amazing.  And knowing it's toxic-free and soothing makes it perfect for all of us.

Those are my top 3 but really, all of the products are simply amazing and I would recommend them to anyone.  And Mommy's Club offers bundles of products, as well as detailed descriptions to make it super easy on us when ordering.  

Visit Mommy's Club to sign up for a yearly membership or buy products.  You can purchase a Mommy's Club starter kit for only $39, which includes a year membership, 4 oz Perfect Touch Hand Sanitizer, talking points, compensation plan, product catalog, and get member prices on all of these amazing products.  OR you can select any of the bundles, starting at $99 and a Mommy's Club membership is included.  See, also, how you can sell Mommy's Club products yourself and make supplemental income!

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Have you ever looked at the ingredients list of your vitamins or supplements?  I hadn't, until I became pregnant with #3.  My go to prenatal vitamin had food dyes, chemicals, and the source of the vitamins and minerals was unknown.  This got me to realize that I need to be checking the labels of all the supplements and vitamins we use in our house.  When I discovered Natural Vitality, I was excited because the organic, non GMO ingredients in their supplements are high quality and Non-GMO Project certified.  That's not an easy task, but Natural Vitality has done it.

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It's back to school time for many kids around the country.  The Captain is four and so he can't start kindergarten yet, but I do still have to pack him a lunch once a week for preschool.  It gets really, really hard to pack lunches once a week, so I can't imagine how hard it is on a day to day basis!  It is hard finding good, healthy foods that are also quick and easy and appropriate for a lunch box.  

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Moisturize Your Dry Summer Skin with Vitamin C Moisturizer

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How is your skin during the hot summer?  Mine is really weird now that I'm pregnant, but usually the heat makes it dry and sunscreen, pools, water, and sweat make it sensitive and dry.  I have found a reliable lotion for my skin that is organic, holistic, and healthy!  Made From Earth's Vitamin C Moisturizer is lightweight, but thick enough to actually moisturize enough to last throughout the day.  It's great for ALL skin types, too.

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Grab Some Healthy & Delicious Organic Sambazon Juices and Smoothies

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I love trying new drinks, especially organic drinks that are packed with healthy ingredients.  Sambazon juices and smoothies pass the test because they are jam packed with premium quality whole food Amazon plants and fruits.  Sambazon is both Organic and Fair Trade certified, which is great for not only you and me, but for the people of the Brazilian Amazon.  Two million acres and over 10,000 family farmers are supported!

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Organic Shopping Doesn’t Have To Be Painful

When I first started buying organic, researching foods, and reading labels, I had a really hard time venturing from my couponing, cheapskate  ways, trying to find the best deal on "food," but what I realized quickly was that what we had been buying wasn't really food at all.  Sure I could find cheap junk food, cereals with food dye and dangerous additives, and get great deals on fruit straight from other countries, but when I started examing where our food came from and what was in it, I realized that sometimes paying a higher price now is better than paying for it later.  

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I was introuced to Earthbound Farm Organic in the grocery store when I started shopping wisely.  Earthbound Farm Organic has a great guide to shopping on their website, to make green shopping easier.  Here are some great tips from the website:

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Get Organic, Sustainable Baby Clothes with KinderStuff

I love to buy the boys news clothes, but I always have to rationalize whether or not they need it, how much it will be worn, etc, etc.  I like to get the most out of my kids' clothes, who doesn't?  When I heard about the new company, KinderStuff, I was excited!  KinderStuff is offering adorable organic clothing for little ones at a great price.  And besides that, they are being earth friendly and offer free return shipping PLUS a discount on future clothing.  So, when your child grows out of his favorite KinderStuff shirt, just send it in, free of charge, and get a discount on the next size up.  Now he can wear his favorite shirt in all sizes!  

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