Bangor Daily talks squash pests with Dill

The Bangor Daily News interviewed Jim Dill, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension pest management specialist, about the squash vine borer, a known pest in southern Maine that has been identified in central Maine this summer. “This year I have gotten quite a few calls from gardeners about it,” said Dill. “Far more calls than in the past and that may be due to the nice dry weather making it a good year for them.” Dill offered recommendations for controlling the borer, including planting butternut squash. “I have no idea why, but they don’t care much for butternut squash,” Dill said. “So if you really want squash, you might want to plant a lot of that.”