Squash bug nymphs on zuchinni
These little devils devoured my zuchinni, moved to my buttercup squash and destroyed it, then, after a heroic effort, killed my gigantic pumpkin vines, and finally withered away my cucumbers. Not a serious problem, my hindquarters. Hmmmph.
Towards the end of the pumpkin destruction, I came up with a little game I like to call "Kill the %$^# squash bugs". Here's how it works: Set out a bait (I found pumpkins work great). Set up a trap (a bucket of soapy water). Then, periodically, like twice a day, pick up the pumpkin, hold it over the trap, and brush them into the soapy water to drown.
Soapy water death trap
Simple, and satisfying. Although it was too late for this year, I hope that I reduced the population of squash bugs who will try to kill my cucurbits next year. I've also resolved to only plant zukes in my front yard next year, to escape the s.b. scourge. Of course, what would have been more satisfying would have been to kill the eggs as soon as I saw them on the zuchinni leaves, and never had any problem at all. But we'll have to save that for another year.