Cultural and management practices
- 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.
- Plow the soil to expose pupa to predators and to an unfavorable environment.
- 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.
- 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.