Monthly Archives: June 2015

Squash vine borer

My neighbor asked me why her squash seemingly died overnight. Unfortunately, I had to tell her about squash vine borers (SVB). If you grow squash in Central Texas, you are most likely familiar with this insect and it’s damage. If you have not yet had the pleasure of encountering SVB, either lucky you or welcome to Texas or welcome to vegetable gardening! Squash vine borer refers to a moth that lays reddish-brown eggs singly on the base of squash plants. When the eggs hatch, the larvae bore int… Read More →


Ahhhh….the joys of rain. While we haven’t had rain in the past week, we are still dealing with the rain the we got in May. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about mosquitoes of course. I’ve also been getting questions on chiggers. This is one that we really haven’t had to deal with since it’s been on the dry side. Chiggers are the larvae, or immature stage, of a mite. These larval mites climb onto people when they walk through infested areas. The chiggers climb up the… Read More →