|Squash Bug Eggs|
|Squash bug nymph|
I hate killing in general. Even while pulling the eggs, I know there is potential for life in each one, yet to allow them to live would be to allow the squash plants to die. Both adult and nymph bugs will suck nutrients from my plants and could kills off my crops. If this garden were my only means to feed my family, it would be a life or death struggle, it would be a battle of the fittest. Gardening is unlike forestry. There is a balance, but it is also a battle ground.
|Adult squash bugs mating|
However, when it comes to (literally) thousands of squash bugs, who offer only devastation, something has to give.