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Keep Squash Vine Borers Out Of Your Garden With This Kitchen Staple
Squash vine borers lay eggs on the base of squash plants, and when their larvae hatch, they feed on the stem and destroy the plant. You can easily prevent this using aluminum foil.
Cut four-inch long and one to two-inch wide strips of the foil and wrap one around the base of each plant, ensuring the strips extend roughly a quarter of an inch below the soil.
The borers will lay eggs on the foil instead of the plant, which you can throw away. Do this every few weeks for better results and to ensure you're not girdling the growing plant.