General information about
Squash Bug , Orange-tipped Leaf-footed Bug :
Anasa tristis of the family Coreidae is a major pest of squash and pumpkins, and is a vector of Yellow Vine Decline disease. These bugs can emit an unpleasant odor when disturbed. This is the "squash bug" of North America, but properly it is known as Orange-tipped Leaf-footed Bug since "squash bug" is a name applied to any common Coreidae that include Cucurbita among their host plants – in Europe for example the Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus) is "the" squash bug.
This pest causes problems by:
Vine crops...Sucks sap and injects a toxin that causes wilting and death.
How to get rid of it:
* Hand pick bugs. * Keep the garden free of debris and hiding places. * Use trellises to raise the plant off the ground. * Plant marigolds, radishes, tansy, or nasturtiums nearby. * Dust with wood ashes or lime. * Use row cover.